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Alix Bolle

10 posts on the Energy Cities Blog

 
 

Local energy ownership in Europe: An exploratory study

Four phenomena Local energy management can take many forms, and the study outlines and develops four specific processes: 1. Remunicipalisation 2. Political decentralization 3. Citizen projects 4. Participatory governance The driving role (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 31 March 2017 | 17h02 | 1312 visits
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Energy Cities presents a brighter, local State of the Energy Union !

#1 Decarbonisation means a proper phase-out plan for fissile and fossil-based economies Cities are the lead actors of the post-carbon economy, with many of them committing to fossil-fuel-free or climate neutral strategies, while others adopt (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 1 February 2017 | 14h13 | 1062 visits
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Democracy, Decentralisation, Divestment: '3D screening' of the EU Energy Package

On the rhetoric, the package includes very positive language on each dimension of this 3D agenda for action. But as always, the devil is in the detail and a closer look at actual provisions provides a much bleaker picture. What’s in the package? (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 30 November 2016 | 16h26 | 744 visits
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The Energy Union badly needs a “revolution from below”

Over the course of this summer, the European Commission plans to flesh out its proposal for the governance of the Energy Union. Unfortunately, early versions and preliminary documents surrounding this exercise show that the local dimension is (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 27 June 2016 | 17h15 | 1005 visits
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A sharper, 3D vision of our energy future

The first D – do not see here any form of hierarchy – is DIVEST. Our understanding of this buzz word is "changing directions", i.e. favouring sound investment choices with a long life! Today’s news are not very reassuring in this regard. The (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 15 March 2016 | 17h00 | 1440 visits
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Towards Energy Democracy? Our 4 Recommendations for the revised Renewables Directive!

Building on successful examples from Member States such as Germany (900+ cooperatives, thousands of local utilities), Austria and Scandinavian countries, shouldn’t the EU rather strive to become the world number one in community energy? Such an (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 15 February 2016 | 09h52 | 494 visits
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Local elected leaders urge European Commission to reshape energy governance architecture

Our President and Mayor of Heidelberg Eckart Würzner addressed a joint letter to European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefovi, co-signed by local elected leaders representing CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, FEDARENE and ICLEI. (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 16 November 2015 | 13h48 | 768 visits
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Setting the scene: The European Parliament’s debate on energy security

The report still includes many references to outdated, centralised modes of energy production (such as endigenous fossil fuels and nuclear energy). Besides, some adopted amendments increase the focus on carbon capture and storage – potentially (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 19 May 2015 | 13h42 | 723 visits
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Juncker Plan: European Parliament decides to support local energy efficiency projects!

This means that one quarter of the EUR 315 billion of investment to be unlocked by the Juncker Investment Plan will be dedicated to energy efficiency. And because the ITRE committee has an exclusive competency on the decisions regarding the use (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 15 April 2015 | 17h57 | 1020 visits
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"We need your positive energy": EU Commission Vice President Šefovi meets Energy Cities mayors

After hearing the success stories shared by the mayors and representatives of the cities of Delft, Vaxjo, Dijon, Heidelberg, Helsinki, Bornova, Riga and Bielsko Biala, Šefovi enthusiastically reiterated the European Commission’s (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 9 March 2015 | 17h57 | 1171 visits
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