November 2006 & 2007
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Program for 2007-2013, October 2006. Read
Call, May 2006. Read
Contents of First Call. Read
Content of Intelligent Energy for Europe
- A New EU Energy Framework Programme, December 2002. Read
of Programme (Procedure), April 2002. Read
New 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 Intelligent Energy
for Europe 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 are for SAVE, ALTENER, STEER projects and horizontal
actions. The rest
is for SAVE agencies and events. Projects start: 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 management,
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 is not open
In HORIZONTAL KEY ACTIONS: “Sustainable Energy Communities” with the target
areas: Promoting “energy citizenship” and mobilizing local energy actors,
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 on financing
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 for Europe" were
released December 2004 with deadline for most calls March 23. The
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 is support for
some activities in some African and Latin American countries in the
COOPENER, total budget 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 is support for the following horizontal actions:
- Strengthening local energy expertise in developing countries
globally, act locally
- Financing mechanisms & Incentives
- Monitoring & Evaluation
- Dissemination & Promotion
for proposals for the new "Intelligent Energy
for Europe" 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 is available for projects
within one or two action-areas. In addition, three horizontal areas
will be supported (see table). The total budget is 41.5 mill. €.
Main contents of 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 are
welcome to submit proposals, there is a requirement of 50% co financing
and an expectation of large
projects, both of which
make it difficult. The expectation is that of the 40+ mill. € support
budget there will be 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 lower
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 is 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 is a framework for the SAVE and ALTENER
to promote respectively energy efficiency and renewable energy. It is
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 is 50% larger than the previous
framework program for SAVE, ALTENER, SYNERGY and other energy programs,
but the EU energy ministers find that this is too large an increase.
The new energy program makes significant changes from the last 4 years
by refocusing budget money into four (4) programs. The old ETAP, SYNERGY,
SURE, CARNOT, ALTENER, and SAVE are consolidated into:
- ALTENER - Renewable Energy
- SAVE - Energy Efficiency
- COOPENER - International Energy Support
- STEER - Transportation
These four programs have 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 EUR200 million has been planned
for the years 2003 - 2006 with the following breakdown:
- ALTENER - EUR80 million ;
- SAVE - EUR70 million;
- COOPENER - EUR17 million;
- STEER - EUR32 million
(The Parliament proposes 255 mill. EUR, the Commission 215 mill. EUR,
and the countries' energy minister 190 mill. EUR)
All the budgets will be increased with contributions from the new member
states as they enter EU.
The previous energy program, over a period of 4 years, spent only EUR175
million. ALTENER and SAVE will enjoy an increase of EUR 10 million respectively
from the last four year period if the Commission proposal is accepted.
Moreover, it should be noted
that a new executive agency will be created to oversee this and future
energy programs. The agency will be tasked
with creating yearly guidelines and priorities for spending, rules for
participation, and timetables for implementation. It will also partake
in the evaluation of projects funded and administrate funds. The European
Parliament has 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 of new
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 requires
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 October'02 and was adopted in November'02
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 includes, however, a possibility for increase after 2004.
next step was the Parliament's second reading, June 26, 2003. The Commission
and the council of EU energy minister agreed to the positions of the
Parliament, with the compromise budget of 200 mill. EUR.
The programme entered into force August 4, 2003.
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