Joint Exchange: ANERGO energy observatory with AEEPM Bucharest
New steps in replicating ANERGO energy observatory: ALEA and AEEPM experience transfer
Established at county level Alba Local Energy Agency – ALEA is a non-profit organisation and an authority intended to participate in the sustainable development of Alba county by improving the current situation. Its aim is to attain energy efficiency, rational use of energy, efficient energy management, promotion and development of renewable energy sources.
AEEPM is a public NGO created in the 1st District of Bucharest Capital level (345,000 inhabitants) serving local to develop and implement policies and action plans in the subjects related with sustainable energy and sustainable development. Its aim is to attain energy efficiency, rational use of energy, efficient energy management, promotion and development of renewable energy sources.
ALEA and AEEPM are two energy agencies and energy facilitators established in Romania trough Intelligent Energy Europe programme of European union. ALEA and AEEPM have participated together in several IEE projects and other energy efficiency initiatives.
As foreseen in the IEE project DATA4ACTION – in which ALEA is national partner for Romania – the agency started the processes of replicating ANERGO energy observatory (established in June 2015) for Alba region, to a new region in Romania. Following an open call and a selection process based on performance indicators provided by DATA4ACTION project, the selected joint exchange partner was The AEEPM – national partner in the IEE MESHARTILITY project for Romania.
At the core of the experience transfer there is an action plan called “Bilateral Learning Plan” which was signed by both ALEA and AEEPM and will steer the process of knowledge transfer and support for the new activities to be conducted by the beneficiary partner – AEEPM. The action plan has a structure that defines the main steps of this process for which is also providing a timeframe:
- identifying the needs of the beneficiary partner
- in-depth observation of the best practices carried out by the beneficiary partner at the promoting partner premises and technical on-site support at the beneficiary partner carried out by the promoting partner where catering cost were partially supported by DATA4ACTION project
- providing remote support to the Beneficiary Partner in two sessions
For better evaluating the replication process, ALEA included in the learning plan two key indicators which can later be analysed through a numeric perspective in regards with the cooperation agreements signed by AEEPM with the local authorities based on the total number of inhabitants – following the guidance provided by ALEA, including templates for cooperation with local authorities and energy data providers that are in use by ANERGO:
- number of inhabitants covered by the new AEEPM observatory at the municipal level
- of inhabitants covered multiplied by number of services for which energy data is provided to the new AEEPM observatory
Following the indicators above, the development of the new observatory structure can be analysed and enhanced. As there was no external financial support provided for the new AEEPM observatory, the structure will rely on the organisation resources and existing energy databases which AEEPM previously developed for the Bucharest region.
The “Bilateral Learning Plan” will end in December 2016 and will have as outcomes at least one signed energy data cooperation agreement between AEEPM and a local authority and a similar agreement with an energy data provider. AEEPM also became a member of ENERGee Watch Network – the European network of Regional GHG Emissions and Energy Watch, pursuing a better collaboration and experience sharing on energy data sharing with other Observatories and energy agencies across Europe.
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