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Gijón is the first city joining eeef to collaborate on the new eeef Technical Assistance Facility

Ayuntamiento de Gijón is the first public authority that will participate in the new Technical Assistance Facility of the Fund, which has also received funding from the ELENA Facility under Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union. The objective of the new facility is to support public entities to prepare investment programmes for a sustainable transformation in the areas of energy efficiency (mainly public building renovation and street lighting upgrades) as well as small scale renewable energy. eeef has selected a pool of consultants to work closely with the public authorities during the preparation of energy audits and public tender process. With the full commitment of its Mayoress, City of Gijon has embarked on an ambitious journey to finalise energy audits for 98 public buildings and 40,000 street lighting points, identifying the set of energy efficiency and /or renewable energy related interventions as well as publishing the tendering documentation to launch a €20m investment programme (estimated) in renovation works and preferably selecting an ESCO company to realise the measures within a two year timeframe. eeef will be accompanying the City during the whole process, while  collaborating with the management team proposed by the City side by side.

eeef is confident being the right partner for medium-sized European cities which have the drive and willingness to elaborate and implement investment programmes and as a result offer their citizens a more clean and liveable environment.

eeef is welcoming other European cities to follow suit the case study of Gijón in launching comparable projects – the new eeef Technical Assistance is available for further applications. Please visit: http://www.eeef.eu/eeef-ta-facility.html

City of Gijón is the largest municipality with a population of 270,000 citizens in the community of Austurias in Spain. Since 3 years, the City has been developing its European agenda and positioning itself as ‘Gijón en Europa’ with a number of projects and initiatives at European level.

The European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) S.A., SICAV-SIF is a “societé d’investissement à capital veriable” governed by Luxembourg law and was initiated by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Investment Bank. The initial capitalization provided by the European Commission was increased with contributions from the European Investment Bank, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti as well as the Investment Manager Deutsche Bank.

Further links:
http://www.elcomercio.es/gijon/201705/05/europa-audita-alumbrado-gijon-20170505025812-v.html
http://www.lne.es/gijon/2017/05/05/ayuntamiento-auditara-98-edificios-municipales/2099502.html

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SPL OSER in Région Rhône-Alpes delivered investments facilitated by the Technical Assistance of eeef combining market based funding

Grenoble/Luxembourg – The Société Publique Locale - Opérateur de Services Energétiques Régional of Rhône-Alpes (SPL-OSER, Regional Energy Service Public Company) has successfully ended the Technical Assistance (TA) program funded by the European Commission via the European Energy Efficiency Fund (eeef).

SPL-OSER received financial support for the TA over the first three years of activity, to develop and implement the project structure, run energy audits, legal assistance and cover all related staff-costs.

After one year of start-up phase, SPL-OSER has initiated the renovation program, which at the end of 2015 embraced 10 buildings owned by the municipalities of Bourg-en-Bresse, Cran-Gevrier and Montmélian and by the Région Rhône-Alpes totaling investments for €25.1m.

SPL-OSER demonstrated that each euro spent on TA was able to generate over 22.3 times in long-term investments, with this having met and exceeded the leverage ratio initially required of 1:20. On top of the TA, EEEF directly provided a loan of EUR 5m to finance the projects from the design phase to construction and final commissioning and refinancing. Another remarkable effect of the eeef facility is that local and national financial institutions found the way paved and provided a short- and long-term financing. The global support received via eeef ultimately created the conditions to make the expected savings of CO2 equivalent - 1,000 tons/year - reality.

The initiative highlights an innovative role for a public body, materially acting as project manager specialized on energy efficiency investments for public assets. Another interesting feature is the adopted strategy of blending public and private finance, subsidized facilities with the market tools. The outcome from the financial, legal and operational structure of SPL-OSER is a program finalized on time and on budget, pioneer to others already under development, which attracted new shareholders and created a benchmark for similar upcoming initiatives in other regions of the country.

The SPL was initiated by the Région Rhône-Alpes (France), associated with a number of public authorities in the Region and is dedicated to implement energy efficiency projects for public buildings, including renewable energy production. Any local authority from the Region can become a shareholder and benefit from SPL-OSER services provided that it recognizes the statute and the mission of the company. The program embraces schools and other aging public buildings in the municipalities of the Region. By setting an example of building upgrade, the SPL aims to achieve its 2050 objectives of energy consumption and GHG reduction, while setting a good practice and a benchmark for this sector.

The European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) S.A., SICAV-SIF is a “societé d’investissement à capital variable” governed by Luxembourg law and was initiated by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Investment Bank. The initial capitalization provided by the European Commission was increased with contributions from the sponsors European Investment Bank, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti as well as the Investment Manager Deutsche Bank.

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