As in previous years, the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award ceremony took place during the ManagEnergy Annual Conference 2010, with the awards being presented by Mr Günther Oettinger, Energy Commissioner and Ms Jelena Pavičić Vukičević, Vice-Mayor of Zagreb, Croatia.
58 case studies were submitted in 2010 for assessment as ManagEnergy ‘Good Practice’. Of these, six case studies were nominated for the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award.
There were two award categories:
The award winning projects in these categories were:
Mr Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy and Ms Jelena Pavičić Vukičević, Vice-Mayor of Zagreb present the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award to Mr Michael Carr, Project Manager, South West Scotland Energy Agency and Ms Thekla Heinel, Beratungs- und Service Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH
The other nominated projects for 2010 were:
The Hadyard Hill Community Energy Project, in Scotland, UK, was established to reduce energy demand, decrease fuel poverty and obtain maximum community benefits.
Mr Michael Carr, Project Manager, South West Scotland Energy Agency with Mr Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy and Ms Jelena Pavičić Vukičević, Vice-Mayor of Zagreb.
828 properties were involved in the project. After installation of loft and cavity wall insulation, the new estimated total annual energy consumption is 13.4 GWh which equates to a reduction in energy consumption of 2.9 MWh for 480 households, or at current energy prices, a reduction in their fuel bill of £285 per household per year.
The impressive results show that the geographical concentration of a project has many advantages including operational, financial and marketing.
The aim of the Energy Neighbourhood Project is to inspire and encourage communities to reduce energy consumption through changes in behaviour. Each neighbourhood accepts a bet offered by the city: to win the bet (and a prize), the neighbourhood must achieve an energy savings of at least 8% within six months compared with the previous year. An energy saving toolkit is used to assist households in measuring their savings and takes responsibility for the collection of energy consumption data throughout the project. A specially designed online tool calculates the energy savings of each household.
Ms Jelena Pavičić Vukičević, Vice-Mayor of Zagreb and Mr Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy present the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award to Ms Thekla Heinel, Beratungs- und Service Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH
Almost 6000 households from 9 different countries in Europe took up the Energy Neighbourhoods challenge of saving at least 8% energy in 6 months. The results are inspirational: teams achieved an average energy saving of 10%. The winning team from Sweden managed an impressive 37% through simple and cost effective measures such as using energy saving lamps, disabling standby and changing their heating habits. The main source of funding has been the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.
The objectives of the project were 100% realised. The Energy Neighbourhood succeeded to motivate households to save energy and could at the same time reach a broad public. The Neighbourhood project was very well presented both from the media and at the conferences and seminars. An intensified communication between citizens and cities was established.