In order to achieve the EU’s climate and energy targets, mobilising private investments will be paramount. This means that local and regional agency agencies have to move beyond kilowatt hours and start thinking in terms of money an investments. The goal of the first ManagEnergy Master Class was to support participants in operating this change within their organisations.
The Master Class took place in a blended format:
Like all ManagEnergy Master Classes, this first edition was based on some key elements that made it a success: an interactive and diverse format, active involvement from participants but also from the European Commission, and clear learning outcomes.
All sessions included a mix of problem-solving exercises, case studies and guest lectures. The best practice examples used came from experienced energy agencies in Austria, Croatia Ireland, Slovenia. They portrayed different services (one-stop-shop for building renovation, for energy communities, streetlight retrofit programme, etc.) but they all shared the characteristic of having reached a significant scale.
In Brussels, participants had the chance to listen to Paul Kearny from Solas Capital who presented the Solas Sustainable Energy Fund (SSEF) – a specialist investment fund supported by the EU offering off-balance sheet debt funding for EE projects.
Homework and group work focused on identifying triggers and barriers for the establishment of a new service, as well as the relevant stakeholders; prepare a financial analysis of a proposed investment project and pitch it for the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer; develop a Programme Development Plan for a large scale sustainable energy investment or a new energy service.
The format was great. We were able to get theoretical elements, updates on EU policies, and practical exercises. It allowed be to discover financial instruments which was a new field for me.Océane Cicera, Paris Climate Agency
Several representatives of the European Commission (from CINEA – Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency and from DG Energy) attended each session to give relevant updates to participants about EU policies and Calls for Proposals.
Céline Tougeron also presented the work CINEA does on Project Development Asisstance, linking financial institutions with projects to encourage them to invest. This PDA programme is one of the LIFE Call for proposals currently open under the Clean Energy Transition Sub-programme.
It was a true added value for participants to be able to network with the European Commission during the programme, and receive official information first-hand. This proves that ManagEnergy is an initiative of importance to CINEA, as mentioned by Anette Jahn.
ManagEnergy is a key programme for supporting our policy objectives. It has grown into a knowledge hub and community and has been able to reinvent itself over the years.Anette Jahn, CINEA
Amongst all the lectures on Market Facilitation, Energy Performance Contracting, Financial Analysis, ELENA, etc. trainers and guest lecturers have all made something clear: communicating with the stakeholders is key.
Trust is one of the most important thing you need to establish. Don’t underestimate the users of your projects. It is sometimes more important than the technical aspects of the projects.Vlasta Krmelj, Energy and Climate Agency of Podravje (Energap)
This lesson was indeed one of the learning outcomes of the class: