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for financing and implementing programme was launched in Contact details:
economic energy efficiency April 2014 with the objective of
investments. In the context triggering the market uptake Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband
of EPC, energy efficiency of EPC through street lighting Landstrasse 45, A-4020 Linz
investments are pre-financed and refurbishment projects. This Tel: +43 732 7720 14380
carried out by an energy service project, called “Streetlight-EPC”, Email:
company (ESCO). The annual will not only create demand and Web:
energy and maintenance cost supply for EPC projects, but
savings then cover the investment implement a market development
and capital costs. process that will achieve critical
Guaranteed energy services in the
form of EPC work best in cases The IEE project partners aim to
of high energy and cost saving implement 36 EPC street lighting
potentials. In the case of LED projects over the project’s
street lighting refurbishment, pay- 3-year lifetime, triggering up
back time is often only around to 50 million Euro investments.
5-7 years. Pioneer programmes The project’s actions will also
in regions such as Upper Austria contribute to increasing energy
have already demonstrated the efficient investments through EPC
large potential of EPC as an in other fields, bringing us one
interesting financing model. step closer to achieving European
energy efficiency goals.
Despite EPC’s great potential, Energy agencies in 9 regions
most European regions have not (Upper Austria, North-West
yet seen a significant development Croatia, South Bohemia/Cz,
of EPC markets. Apart from legal Pomerania/Pol, Carlow-Kilkenny/
barriers, this can be attributed to Irl, Southeast Sweden, Podravje/
the lack of understanding and Slo, Macedonia and North/Central
trust in EPC and the absence Spain) will set up regional EPC
of experienced ESCOs and facilitation services. These services
organisations facilitating the EPC will provide comprehensive
market development. EPC often support to municipalities and
faces a “no demand, no supply” potential ESCOs.
Project partners also include 9
Street lighting refurbishment municipalities (cities of Wels,
with its low level of complexity Trhové Sviny, Gdansk, Kalmar,
(compared to building-related Maribor, Skopje, Santander,
EPC) offers a good “learning Zagreb County and Kilkenny
ground” for the uptake of EPC. County) and a European network
Pressure created by the phasing (FEDARENE). The project
out of streetlamps presents is coordinated by the OÖ
a unique opportunity for the Energiesparverband, the Energy
development of EPC markets! Agency of Upper Austria, which
has gathered vast experience
STREETLIGHT-EPC – AN IEE in this field through the
PROJECT LEADS THE WAY management of the region’s EPC
A project funded by the programme with over 150 EPC
Intelligent Energy Europe projects. ●
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