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Promoting the development of an energy efficiency service market – Good practice examples of changes in energy service business, strategies, and supportive policies and measures in the course of the implementation of Directive 2006/32/EC on Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Service (ChangeBest)
Title: Promoting the development of an energy efficiency service market – Good practice examples of changes in energy service business, strategies, and supportive policies and measures in the course of the implementation of Directive 2006/32/EC on Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Service (ChangeBest)
Funding: European Commission, "Intelligent Energy - Europe" Programme
Budget: 1 922 776 EUR
Timeframe: Jul. 2009 - Jun. 2012
Description:

A main objective of the Directive 2006/32/EC on energy end-use efficiency and energy services (ESD) is to stimulate the market for energy services and for the delivery of other energy efficiency improvement measures to final consumers. In order to achieve this objective, the ESD gives a special role to energy distributors, distribution system operators and retail energy sales companies. On the other hand, there are different types of "pure" energy service companies (ESCOs) in the market ready to expand their business in the field of energy efficiency services (EES).

Against this background, it is important to know, how and to which extent the market for energy efficiency services could be further developed, what are appropriate business strategies and promising services not only for “advanced” companies but also for “beginners”, what is a policy framework suitable to stimulate market development and to overcome existing barriers, and which role energy companies developing towards sustainable ESCOs could play.

The main objectives of ChangeBest are to:
  • assist energy companies and ESCOs in entering the B2B and B2C market for EES,
  • contribute to the development of the EES market as part of the implementation of the ESD,
  • demonstrate good practice in implementing the ESD.
In order to achieve the objectives specified, the project work consists of:
  • empirical analysis of the EES market and the respective economic and policy framework in the course of the implementation of the ESD,
  • exchange of experiences, national workshops and a European conference,
  • a large bundle of promising EES business cases and strategies implemented in “field tests”,
  • communication and dissemination activities, and
  • induced further action and networking by energy (service) companies.
Contractors: Wuppertal Institute, Germany; e7, Austria; SEVEn, Czech Republic; Energy Saving Bureau, Estonia; AMIRES, France; EDF, France; ASEW, Germany; Lund University, Sweden; HELESCO S.A., Greece; eERG-Polimi, Italy; Ekodoma, Latvia; ISR-University of Coimbra, Portugal; ECN, Netherlands; Energy Piano, Denmark; Regional Energy Agency of Central Macedonia, Greece; KISE, Poland; CESys, Slovak Republic; JSC/EEC, Slovenia; ESCAN S.A., Spain