REGEA, the North-West Croatia Regional Energy and Climate Agency, recently celebrated its impressive 15th anniversary. The milestone was commemorated with a notable press conference held at the renowned National and University Library on 16 June. The event witnessed speeches from esteemed figures, including Mayor Tomislav Tomašević, County Prefects Martina Furdek Hajdin, Željko Kolar, and Damir Tomljenović, as well as REGEA’s Director and FEDARENE President, Julije Domac.
Over the past 15 years, REGEA has emerged as a leading public institution, making remarkable strides in the field of energy and climate. With investments totaling over 500 million euros, the agency has been at the forefront of various groundbreaking projects. Notable accomplishments include the complete renovation of Bračak Castle into a nearly zero-energy consumption building, the establishment of the first municipal biomass district heating plant in Pokupsko, and the implementation of solar power plants on hospital roofs in Zabok, Krapinske Toplice, and Karlovac. REGEA has also been a pioneer in promoting citizens’ installation of renewable energy sources and financing energy renovations of schools through innovative savings methods.
One notable aspect of REGEA’s success is its ability to unite different political entities based on expertise and a shared commitment to citizen well-being and economic growth. Despite starting with modest funding from founders, the agency’s budget has grown significantly, relying on EU sources and market activities for the majority of its financial support. This financial independence has fostered a work environment akin to the private sector, with motivated employees driven to deliver outstanding results. Transparency and value for money are paramount in REGEA’s operations, ensuring responsible use of public funds.
Looking ahead, REGEA is embarking on ambitious initiatives. The PVMax project aims to introduce solar power plants equal to the existing capacity in Croatia, while the agency is preparing the first green bond in Croatia and the region for the City of Zagreb. Additionally, REGEA is spearheading the establishment of energy communities of renewable energy sources in Karlovac, Samobor, and Zabok, along with virtual power plants across Croatia. These endeavors reflect the agency’s commitment to driving the transition to renewable energy sources and fostering resilience in the face of climate change.
With a track record of successful projects, a commitment to collaboration and financial responsibility, and a forward-thinking approach, REGEA continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the energy and climate landscape in North-West Croatia.