28.11.13 12:03

Final Compendium is now available

Dear project partners and everybody.

We are very glad to present the Final Compendium of the North...

15.05.13 09:45

LOWCAP policy recommendations published online

The LOWCAP project has been extremely valuable not only for the North Sea Region but for the EU as...

01.03.13 12:24

Best practice examples of North Sea - SEP partners

A selection of best practice examples in German language is available in the service/download...

01.03.13 11:12

North Sea - SEP Final Compendium goes online

Parts of the North Sea - SEP final compendium are available in the service/download area now. Find...

The Problem

During the last years the costs for fossil energy resources are heavily increasing. Even though the prices for these resources will not be rising to ever new peaks it is obvious that they will remain on a high level and in medium and long term. A possibility to absorb rising costs is to critically question the status quo of energy consumption in order to be able to use existing energy saving potentials. Rising energy costs are contributing to a steadily increasing financial pressure for public utilities.

In addition, small and smallest towns, often situated in rural areas, have to face decreasing number of inhabitants. This leads to a negative cycle: the public bodies have a lower budget at hand while at the same time the costs are rising, despite the lower demand. Where the supply of electricity and heat is a service of public interest and thus a task of the public bodies, the rising costs have to be passed on to the inhabitants as consumers. Of course policy-makers recognized the problem and took action. But trying to implement the guidelines set up by governance another difficulty appears: There is no available model showing how to link energy policies with the regional and/or local development.

Even more, there is a bottleneck on regional, sub-regional and local level concerning lacks – lacks of competences and capacities, control, mutual trust faced with different interests, approaches to solve conflicts in planning and of well working PP business models. The Solution: To tackle these problems we have to improve local/regional development and the decision making processes by - creating tools for regional planners - developing methods for decision making and innovation transfer, - implementing new structures for planning and decision making processes - improving knowledge capacity for furtherin developments and sustainability, - finding new models for Public-Private cooperation’s, as well as new business models for local/regional "renewable energy markets".

The North SEA-SEP project will deal with the development of energy self-sustainable regions under the scope of green industry needs supporting regional planners, decision makers and stakeholders to take conscious decisions in all fields of regional energy planning.