Regional Energy Agencies (EAs) in state of Baden-Württemberg have the expertise and specific knowledge about the local and regional situation.
General approach: Regional Energy Agencies (EAs) in state of Baden-Württemberg have the expertise and specific knowledge about the local and regional situation. They are important actors for the implementation of the state’s climate protection goals. There are more than 30 regional EAs in Baden-Württemberg. Members of the EAs are mostly pubic authorities, local businesses, local/regional energy providers as well as finance institutes and NGOs.
The fields of action are:
Energy consulting for private house owners and tenants; Consulting on RES; public relations and training; energy services (e.g. communal energy management); energy expertise and advice.
Effect:
 Area-wide support, consulting and knowledge on climate protection issues
 Competent and independent regional partners for citizens, businesses and communities
 Involvement of regional stakeholders in energy issues
 Stronger identification of regional stakeholders

Resources needed

- Funding for management (personal, office, mobility)
- Funding could come from the EU or from national budget
- Regional co-funding from members
- In most cases the EAs have at least 1.5 staff members and additional freelancers for the citizen support

Evidence of success

- More than 30 regional EAs established
- New network of EAs for regional cooperation of EAs
- Provided expert advice services to thousands of house owners and tenants
- Expert advice provided to 1,000s of local businesses
- Expert advices for 100s communities
- Increased awareness (citizens, businesses, public authorities)

Difficulties encountered

- In some cases the membership structure might be difficult, as also energy providers and businesses with a strong affinity to fossil fuels can become members and funders of the EA. Conflicts of interest between the partners might arise

Potential for learning or transfer

 Great transfer potential to every country
 The first EAs in Germany were financially supported by the EU
 Possibility to combine public and private funding (PPP)
 Consulting and expert advice for citizens can also be implemented in pre- existing EAs as a new focus area
- Existing structures
- Existing knowledge
Project
Main institution
Lake Konstanz Foundation
Location
Freiburg, Germany (Deutschland)
Start Date
February 2015
End Date
Ongoing

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