Energy Cities proposition 02 - Unite all stakeholders in a local energy alliance

Empowering local players

2014

Energy Cities l’association européenne des autorités locales en transition énergétique

Energy Cities is a network of more than 1,000 cities in 30 different countries. Convinced that energy transition is more than a question of renewable energy or advanced technologies, Energy Cities proposes to use resources in a reasoned way, to strengthen local participation and to improve the quality of life in a democratic Europe. In 2014, the network presents 30 proposals for the Energy Transition of Territories.

They are a source of inspiration to think and act differently. To finally turn the page on unsustainable practices that lead us into energy, climate and perhaps economic and social dead ends.

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Energy Cities proposition 02 - Unite all stakeholders in a local energy alliance

The problem at hand

The need for a transition towards a new energy paradigm is establishing in the minds. However the decision-making process is mainly in the hand of national administrations and large energy companies, who have vested interests in maintaining a status quo, that is, in privileging a centralised-supply approach.

Other society stakeholders would benefit from a more decentralised-supply and demand-oriented paradigm: consumers to pay less; independent producers to increase their return on investment; craftsmen and SME to develop refurbishment activities; energy service companies to enlarge their markets; foresters and farmers to provide biomass; housing and transport managers to control costs; citizens to express their choices and local authorities to boost the local economy and collect income.

These dispersed players, however, do not weigh much in the balance of power.

Proposal

Unite interested private, public and associative players in local energy or energy transition alliances.

Establishing such alliances is relevant at all levels: local, regional, national and European. They provide stakeholders with the opportunity to express their expectations, to enlarge their visions and to influence energy policies. It is a forum where to exchange points of view and make proposals. Experience shows that common interests immediately emerge, regardless of the stakeholders’ status.

Conditions for success

  • Organising the process around the local authority (or the local authority association) which will serve as a catalyst.

  • Ensuring the diversity of stakeholders and the independence of information.

  • Establishing the relation between energy and local development and employment at the centre of the initiative.

  • Referring to an intermediation authority (agency, professionals, etc.) when necessary.

  • Designing the alliance as a vector for producing ideas and opinions.

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