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- A New EU Energy Framework Programme, December 2002 Read
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Program Closed in 2013
Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) Programme was closed in 2013. The
Program offered a helping hand to organisations willing to improve
energy sustainability in the period of 2003-2013.
program is closed, although a number of projects
funded under the programme are continuing. The new EU's
Horizon 2020 programme now supports the research, demonstration and
market up-take of energy-efficient technologies. Funds are available
energy-efficient buildings, industry, heating and cooling, small and
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and energy-related products and services,
as well as for improving
the attractiveness of
IEE Program for 2007-2013
In October 2006, the the European
energy ministers approved a continuation of
the Intelligent Energy for Europe (IEE) programme,
for support of sustainable energy for the period 2007-2013. More information:
IEE 2007-2008 Continuation.
Last call for this Intelligent
Energy for Europe was May 31, 2006
The EU Commission made the
call for proposals for the last round of Intelligent
Energy for Europe funding in the 2003-2006 budget period. The deadline
was 31/10 2006.
budget for the call was 48.1 mill. Euro
of which 43.2 mill. Euro were for SAVE, ALTENER, STEER projects and
horizontal actions. The rest
was for SAVE agencies and events. Projects started: 30/6 2007. Maximal
project period: 3 years.
All legal person including registered NGOs in EU countries can participate
in the projects. Also organisations from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein,
Bulgaria, Romania, and Croatia can participate, though with some
special rules. EU can finance 50% of project costs. The priorities
"Multiplying success in
buildings" with the target areas:
Tools for the take-off of the Directive on the energy performance of buildings,
schemes for energy services in buildings (in particular retrofitting),
public buildings as shining examples, and promotion of best practice
high energy performance buildings
"Retrofitting of social housing" with the target
areas: Awareness raising, education and training, tailored financing schemes,
advanced integrated retrofitting solutions, legal and institutional changes
“Innovative approaches in industry” with the target areas: Instruments for energy
including energy audits, energy accounting, benchmarking activities, voluntary
agreements, Energy services, particularly in SME's, Poly generation, including
CHP “Energy efficient equipment and products” with the target areas: Enforcing
the application and enhancing the awareness of EU labels and minimum energy
efficiency standards, Technology procurement, buyer-initiatives and other
accelerate the transformation of the market, Monitoring market transformation
and preparing the ground for new policy initiatives.
"Electricity from renewable energy sources" with
the target areas: national indicative targets, support schemes, grid system
green electricity, distributed electricity generation.
"Heat from renewable
energy sources (RES)" with the target areas: Possible legislation, fuels
standards and norms for RES heating and cooling systems, Supply chain and
for RES heating and cooling products, Promotion and training.
renewable energy sources applications" with the target areas: Solar water
and space heating and cooling, PV electricity generation, Biomass for domestic
biogas, Small-scale and micro-CHP and heat pumps, Small scale wind and
hydro electricity generation.
"Alternative vehicle propulsion" with
the target areas: Legislation, fiscal regimes and fuels standards and norms,
Supply chain and market structures for biofuels, Supply chain and market
structures for alternative fuels requiring separate supply chains, Market
demand for clean
In the STEER Programme
"Policy measures for an efficient use of energy in
the target areas: Reducing demand for transport, Enhancing energy efficiency
in each transport mode, Transfer of traffic to less energy intensive modes,
Economic instruments and incentives, Information awareness and education.
the knowledge of local management agencies in the transport
field" with the target areas: Training and education of local agencies
in alternative fuels and energy use in transport, Helping local actors
programme and participate in projects.
The COOPENER Programme was not open
In HORIZONTAL KEY ACTIONS: “Sustainable Energy Communities” with the
target areas: Promoting “energy citizenship” and mobilizing local energy
Local community planning for the efficient use of renewable energy sources
energy, demand side management and associated mobility, Establishing
favourable conditions for local energy markets and services to reach
a critical mass.
globally, act locally" with the target areas: -ManageEnergy: Actions
aimed at inducing a change in present behaviors and in encouraging the
and renewable technologies and the adoption of energy-intelligent living
patterns by local end-users, including the operation of thematic networks
of local actors.
mechanisms & incentives" with the target areas: Cross-country analysis
of different financing mechanisms, Development and promotion of innovative
and incentive schemes for investments in renewable energy sources and
the rational use of energy, Platform/Forum for exchange of experience
mechanisms & incentives.
"Monitoring & Evaluation" with
the target areas: Monitoring and evaluation of different policies and
measures related to renewable energy sources and the rational use of
indicators and modeling of future trends and policy impacts, Platform
for exchange of experience on monitoring & evaluation SAVE Agencies Creation
of local and regional energy management agencies (type 2).
Budget: 4 mill
for 20 new agencies
Budget 0.9 mill. Euro for 25 events.
for proposals for the second major round of "Intelligent Energy for
Europe" were released December 2004 with deadline for most calls March
ALTENER, SAVE and STEER (see below) with support for:
- Support for general actions
following the work programme 2004 for Intelligent Energy for
Europe and support for local and regional energy
management agencies, total 45 mill. €, max 50%
- Support for events, total
1 mill €, max. 50%, specials deadlines
- Concerted actions, total
5 mill, €, no limit for share of funding
In addition, there was
support for some activities in some African and Latin American countries
COOPENER, with a total budget of 5 mill. €, max 50% support.
Actions that can be supported in this call:
SAVE: Multiplying success in buildings, Retrofitting of social houses,
Innovative approaches in industry, Energy Efficient Equipment and Products
ALTENER: Renewable Electricity, Renewable Heat, Small Scale Renewable
Applications, Alternative vehicle propulsion
STEER: Alternative vehicle propulsion, Policy measures for an efficient
use of energy in transport, Strengthening the knowledge of local management
agencies in the transport field
COOPENER: Energy policies and market conditions for enabling pover-ty
alleviation in developing countries, Strengthening local energy expertise
in developing countries, Energy policies and market conditions for enabling
pover-ty alleviation in developing countries
In addition there was
support for the following horizontal actions:
- Strengthening local energy expertise in developing countries
globally, act locally
- Financing mechanisms & Incentives
- Monitoring & Evaluation
- Dissemination & Promotion
First IEE Call
for proposals for the new "Intelligent Energy
for Europe" (IEE) programme
were released in the last week of November 2003. They cover the SAVE
programme for energy efficiency, ALTENER for renewable energy, COOPENER
with other countries, and STEER for energy management in transport.
For each of the four programmes, support was available for projects
within one or two action-areas. In addition, three horizontal areas
wwere be supported. The total budget was 41.5 mill. €.
Contents of the First Call
- "Multiplying success in buildings", catalyzing the implementation
of the buildings-directive for energy efficiency, and promotion of
best practice in efficient buildings.
- Innovative approaches in industry, for industrial energy management
and for promotion
- Promoting renewable energy for electricity production, in particular
with focus on the most important non-technological issues for accelerated
market introduction of all renewable technologies. This includes grid-system
evaluation of support schemes, promotion of decentralised electricity generation.
- Promoting renewable energy for heat by developing appropriate wood-fuel
standards, by improving the supply chains of biomass, by developing enabling
structures, by stimulating integration of solar heat applications in buildings,
by stimulating geothermal heat use with heat pumps, by providing best practice
examples, and by training.
- Strengthening the knowledge of local management agencies in the transport
field, with support, training and education of local actors in alternative
fuels and transport energy management.
- Energy policies, legislation, and market conditions to help alleviate
poverty in developing countries.
- Strengthening local energy expertise in developing countries.
Think globally, act locally. Projects to strengthen
local actions by local actors with European cooperation, to support
new local and regional energy management agencies, and to support creation
of a high-level
reflection group of major stakeholder in local actions in energy.
- Financing mechanisms & incentives, including analysis of existing
financing schemes as well as development and promotion of innovative
- Monitoring & evaluation of policies and measures for renewable
energy and energy efficiency with indicators and modeling of future trends
impacts, leading to better design of future policies.
Not easy for NGOs
While NGOs were
welcome to submit proposals, there was a requirement of 50% cofinancing
and an expectation of large
projects, both of which
made it difficult. The expectation was that of the 40+ mill. € support
budget only 80 projects supported, which gives an
average of 0.5 mill. € of EU support per project and thus average
project budgets of 1 mill €. Since the most successful proposals
usually have many partners, NGOs can participate as partners with much
respective budgets, if they can manage the requirement for co financing.
Only some Central and Eastern European countries participate fully
in the programme.
The call for proposals, the Intelligent Energy Work Programme 2003,
and related documents are available at the website: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent
Content of Intelligent Energy for Europe
- A New EU Energy Framework Programme
Intelligent Energy for Europe was a new EU program to create
a new direction and focus for energy policy in Europe for four
(4) years, 2003-2006. The previous energy program ended December
2002. The new was a framework for the SAVE and ALTENER
to promote respectively energy efficiency and renewable energy. It was
a framework for two new programs COOPENER for international
on energy efficiency and renewable energy and STEER for energy aspects
of transport. The proposed annual budget was 50% larger than the previous
framework program for SAVE, ALTENER, SYNERGY and other energy programs,
but the EU energy ministers finded that this was too large an increase.
The new energy program
made significant changes from the last 4 years by refocusing budget
money into four (4) programs. The old ETAP, SYNERGY,
SURE, CARNOT, ALTENER, and SAVE were consolidated into:
- ALTENER - Renewable Energy
- SAVE - Energy Efficiency
- COOPENER - International Energy Support
- STEER - Transportation
These four programs had been chosen (two were already existing) to
conform to the two problems with supply and demand outlined by the DG
charge of energy and transport). The DG expressed a need to deal with
transportation and energy demand, and renewable energy and energy supply.
These two areas represent what the Commission described as areas needing
improvement to meet Energy Security goals and Kyoto Protocol Targets.
An overall budget of EUR
200 million had been planned for the years 2003 - 2006 with the following
- ALTENER - EUR 80 million;
- SAVE - EUR 70 million;
- COOPENER - EUR 17 million;
- STEER - EUR 32 million
(The Parliament proposed 255 mill. EUR, the Commission 215 mill. EUR,
and the countries' energy ministers 190 mill. EUR)
All the budgets was
be increased with contributions from the new member states as they
The previous energy program,
over a period of 4 years, had spent only EUR 175 million. ALTENER
and SAVE was supposed to have an increase of EUR 10 million respectively
from the last four year period if the Commission's proposal was accepted.
Moreover, it should be
noted that a new executive agency was created to oversee this and
energy programs. The agency was tasked
with creating yearly guidelines and priorities for spending, rules for
participation, and timetables for implementation. It also took
part in the evaluation of projects funded and administrate funds. The
European Parliament proposed a larger, strategic "European
Intelligent Energy Agency" to ensure that best practices are quickly
replicated across the EU and to facilitate the introduction and deployment
technologies in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The original Commission
proposal set the stage for more small scale projects to be funded.
Like the old program, the new program requireds
that most projects receive funding with no more than a 50% investment
by the EU, requiring third party funding on most projects.
More information on the
multi-annual programme 'Intelligent Energy for Europe", 2003-2006
(COM(2002)0162), see http://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent
Development of Programme (Procedure)
The Commission adopted the proposal for a Directive (COM/2002/0162) in
April 2002 and sent the proposal to the EU Parliament
Council of energy ministers for review. EU rules give the Parliament
Codecision rights on this policy.
The proposal was discussed
in the EU Parliament's industry committee at the end of Octobe 2002
and was adopted in November 2002
The EU energy ministers
also agreed to the proposal at their meeting November 25, 2002, but
with a lower budget (190 mill. EUR).
In February, the EU Energy
Ministers confirmed their agreement of proposing a reduction of the
budget for the new programme supporting development
energy and energy efficiency. The new
proposal included, however, a possibility for increase after 2004.
next step was the Parliament's second reading, June 26, 2003. The Commission,
and the Council of EUe Energy Ministers agreed to the positions of
the Parliament, with the compromised budget of 200 mill. EUR.
The programme entered into force August 4, 2003.
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