Plovdiv Energy Agency

Plovdiv Energy Agency


Mentee, Network member, Partner


Ina Karova


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Energy data collection

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Енергийна агенция Пловдив – The Energy Agency of Plovdiv (EAP) is the first energy management agency established in Bulgaria under the SAVE II program of the European Commission.

Founded in 2000 under the Save II program of the European Commission, the Energy Agency of Plovdiv (EAP), Bulgaria, is devoted to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of energy and to expanding the use of renewable energy.

In pursuing its agenda, EAP carries out feasibility studies, energy analysis, and energy project identification, development and management. Its priorities include: energy efficiency in buildings, EE and RES in SMEs, the development of sustainable energy communities and SECAPs within the EC’s Covenant of Mayors initiative, and energy/environmental education. Its services are utilized by governmental entities, the business community and consumers.

EAP has a strong history in running publicly funded projects (EU level) and has honed its expertise through developing and managing more than 60 RES and EE energy projects in partnership with national and international partner organisations. EAP has coordinated and led energy actions related to developing sustainable energy communities and concepts for positive energy blocks, piloting smart energy solutions (incl. BEMS, RES and battery storage, e-charging, etc.) and “energy neighborhood” campaigning among the citizens to raise their knowledge on the sustainable energy alternatives. EAP has conducted technical feasibility studies for introducing advanced energy technologies in support of energy actions for establishing positive energy blocks/districts. The EAP’s expertise covers deep energy, economic, and financial analysing, policy advice, project management, writing and promotion as well as consultancy for improving air quality and local energy systems (local authorities, private companies and citizens); RES application, including biomass to energy and bioeconomy; assistance for energy saving in public and residential buildings.

EAP is a long-standing member of the European Federation of Regional Energy and Environment Agencies (FEDARENE). EAP is also a founder of the Association of Bulgarian Energy Agencies (ABEA) that coordinates and unites the potential and experience of energy agencies and energy centers in Bulgaria. Together with ABEA more than 30 National Conferences were organized on sustainable energy topics. Strong partnership with Bulgarian Energy Forum is another asset characterizing the expertise in organizing energy related National events.

The work of EAP is based on a quality management system and a code of ethics signed by the staff, management board and associated experts. EAP operates under a well-established quality management system certified according to ISO 9001/ISO 14001.

Regional Observatory

The Energy Agency of Plovdiv has established the Regional Observatory for Energy, Environment and Climate (ROECC) in the South Central and South East Region with the aim to support local authorities in their development, monitoring and evaluation of local actions dedicated to the European 20-20-20 target and other national targets.

The ROEEC will address the barriers to the data needed for the priority municipal plans and strategies, i.e. EE and RES plans (SEAP), air quality plans and waste management plans. It will focus on defining the data sets and data formats, methodologies and approaches to data collection, methods and practices in analysing data.

The ROEEC will operate in two aspects – the one being a virtual ROEEC – i.e. tool for data collection and structuring; and, second, as a “living” observatory with experts to process and analyse data. The ROEEC as a virtual tool will serve the municipalities to structure and store their data relate to energy, environment and climate. The living ROEEC will be comprised of the EAP experts – the Integrated office for air quality monitoring and modelling, the Laboratory for research and certification of solid biomass and compost, Energy Monitoring and Management, Development of strategies and plans. The activities of both aspects of the ROEEC will be supported by promotion and dissemination activities to the various stakeholders – local authorities, institutions, municipal experts, wide public. etc.