Integrated energy and climate protection concept for Dresden

On 28 July 2011 the Committee for Business Development of the regional capital Dresden decided to commission the compilation of an „Integrated energy and climate protection concept”. After an open call for tenders an external expert was selected to carry out the compilation. 

Within the next 9 months the future energy supply will be discussed with Dresden’s citizens, businesses, the energy industry and administration in order to develop an integrated energy and climate protection concept.

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EnercitEE meeting in Annecy / France

All EnercitEE Working Group members met in Annecy, France, from 28 to 29 June 2011.

Picture: Working Group meeting Annecy June 2011

The aim of the 2-day meeting was mainly to discuss the content and layout of the Good Practice Guide (GPG). In the morning of the first day each EnercitEE Regional Manager presented the good practice examples of its region to be included in the 5 chapters of the GPG. Each chapter deals with Energy Efficiency in the fields of buildings, heat and power generation/supply, transport/mobility, innovation and technology and communication and motivation. The Good Practice Guide in English will be published by the end of summer this year. The English as well as the partners’ translated versions will be provided for download on the EnercitEE website.

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RIEEB Workshop on 24 June 2011 in Leipzig

On 24 June 2011 the Saxon Energy Agency as Lead Sub-Project Participant of the EnercitEE sub-project RIEEB organised the first practical workshop on “Building with Passive House components”. The “Westbad Leipzig” served as the perfect venue since the building shows how future energetic requirements in the building sector will be implemented.

Since 2003 the “Westbad Leipzig” has been rebuilt to a Health Care and Sport Center. The middle part of the complex of buildings will be reconstructed in the passive house style. The very low rest of the whole building’s thermal heat demand of 6 kWh/(m²a) will be provided by a gas-fired condensing boiler. After the reconstruction the middle part will host “Assisted living” and doctor’s offices. 

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Premiers resultats pour le programme EnercitEE en Haute-Savoie

Mardi  7 juin 2011, le Conseil général a accueilli les étudiants de l’IER de Poisy pour la présentation de leurs travaux sur l’amélioration de l’efficacité énergétique menés auprès de 6 communes de Haute-Savoie.

Entourés de leur professeur, des représentants des communes de Douvaine, de Massongy, de Loisin, de Vallières et d’Alby sur Chéran ainsi que du CAUE, ils ont exposé le diagnostic  des consommations d’énergie et d’eau qu’ils ont réalisé avec l’aide des services techniques et ont proposé un certain nombre de pistes de travail et d’amélioration de l’efficacité énergétique. 

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Joint IEE / INTERREG meeting

I had the chance to participate in a joint IEE & INTERREG meeting organised by INTERACT and EACI. The meeting took place in Brussels from 18 to 19 May 2011. The aim was to bring together different programmes and projects dealing with Energy Efficiency and renewable energy sources.

It was great to see the variety of Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) projects presented there. IEE is a European tool for funding action to move towards a more energy intelligent Europe.

Besides energy agencies funded by IEE a wide range of projects were present. Among others a projects supporting communities that signed the Covenant of Mayors such as COME2COM or ENGAGE. Other IEE projects aim at bringing together experienced and less experienced local authorities in implementing Energy Efficiency actions such as LEAP or CONURBANT. All projects can be further discovered in the IEE database.

Besides IEE projects representatives of INTERREG IVB and INTERREG IVC  were present and contributed to the discussion.

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Lancement du projet EnercitEE en France

If you wish to have the text translated into French, please use the google translator that is available under the EnercitEE map in the right column of this site.

The French partners kickstarted EnercitEE in June 2010. This short FRENCH video gives a perfect overview on partners, objectives and the participation in the sub-projects of the European project. 

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SP11 PraTLA – First 2 students from Saxony started their practical trainings in Smaland

Two students of the University of Applied Science Zittau/ Goerlitz, Steffi Hänig and Armin Verch, are going to complete their practical training in Smaland – the heart of Southeast Sweden with its typical red houses and a long tradition of energy efficiency-focused and environmental-friendly thinking.

Picture: Steffi Hänig and Achim Verch in Smaland

On 6 April the two students reached Sweden. Their first stop was in Växjö, where they took part at the 2 ½ -day component seminar of EnercitEE and got in contact with the participants from five regions in Europe. After some interesting presentations and excursions the students continued their journey towards Oskarshamn.

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Kick-off meeting of LEEAN and RIEEB in Dresden (Saxony)

The sub-projects LEEAN and RIEEB jointly held its first meeting in Dresden on 9 March 2011 at the premises of the Saena GmbH as the Lead Sub-Project Participant. The table below shows the partners who attended the kick-off meeting.

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Energy efficiency: Using old mines as underground pumped storage plants as a promising approach?

One of the topics the participants discussed about during EnercitEE’s Component Seminar in Växjö, was what kind of innovative energy storages for energy from RES are currently being developped. The university of Duisburg-Essen in Germany’s densly populated Rhine-Ruhr area is investigating the potential to use abandoned mines in the Ruhr area as potential storages for water of underground pumped storage plants.

You can read about this interesting idea under the following link.




Good practice from Saxony – Excursion to the commune Zschadrass

The commune of Zschdrass is a small community nowadays belonging to the municipality of Colditz in Saxony. Zschadrass is one of the most active communes when it comes to renewable energies and energy saving in Saxony. They are also very innovative in developing new concepts for communal energy production.

According to the Mayor Matthias Schmiedel the commune started looking into their potential of saving energy in order to reduce their operation costs. The local council decided to start with the most visible and the easiest: in this case the street lightening. After 12 pm street lights have to be turned off.

After this they continued to observe the energy saving potential for communal building such as the gym and the school. Additionally, the commune was also looking for possibilities to keep the value added in the region which let also the vision of an energy self-sufficient commune in 2050.

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