Project TypeEuropean Energy Projects
Aim of the Project
The main aim of the project is to promote and stimulate SME networking for the provision of energy services with EPC.
To achieve this aim the EPC+ project will attempt to remove some of the technical and contractual barriers that currently exist in the EPC market in each partner country.
Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) is generally looked upon favourably, but its implementation can be complicated and lengthy. The reason lies mainly in the procurement law provisions and the long-term and complex contracts, which impede a real breakthrough in the spread of the EPC methodology.
The other main barriers for the implementation of EPC in SMEs are:
- The transaction costs for procuring energy services are too high
- Investments and project sizes are too small
- It is difficult to obtain financing for such small projects
- High costs for guarantees, measurement and verification procedures
The ultimate goal of the EPC+ project is to reduce transaction costs of energy service packages drastically so that smaller investments and projects in SMEs become possible for companies offering energy services. This can only happen if both the technical solutions as well as the contractual issues of energy services are highly standardized. The energy services offered can be either partly or wholly financed with innovative financing solutions, or may be more service-oriented solutions with guaranteed energy performances.
The major outputs of the project include:
- the development of commercial, standardized energy service packages for SMEs in each participant country. Each participant country will develop energy service packages that suit the specific and particular requirements of their country. These will include a standardized technical solution for a specific market sector, a model contract and, where possible, a financing solution.
- the implementation of pilot projects for the EPC+ packages in each participant country
- the set-up and management of clusters of companies (SPINS) in each participant countries. These clusters will offer energy services to the SME market
- the training of these clusters of companies in each participant country
- the development of an international e-market for energy service providers.
- Project kick off meeting held in Athens, April 2015.
- Training Needs Survey completed – thanks to all the SME’s who participated in this survey to help us gather information on EPC knowledge and understanding in Ireland.
- Introductory workshop – Esco-Network Establishment, Thurles, 23rd 2015
- 2nd Partner meeting, Vienna, October 2015
- Recordings from the EPC Training Event in Cahir, Co Tipperary on March 16, 2016
- EPC+ partners pictured at a partner meeting in Cahir in March
Funding is provided by the EU Commission – H2020
The project will run for a period of 36 months from April 2015 to March 2018
|Kentro Ananeosimon Pigon ke Exoikonomisis Energeias||CRES||Greece|
|Grazer Energieagentur GmbH||GEA||Austria|
|E7 Energie Markt Analyse GmbH||E7||Austria|
|Tipperary Energy Agency||TEA||Ireland|
|Escan s.l ESCAN||Escan||Spain|
|Instituto de Sistemas Robotica||ISR||Portugal|
|ESCO ITALIA S.r.L||ESCOIT||Italy|
|Stredisko pro efektivni uzivani energie, o.p.s||SEVEN||Chech Republic|
|Institut Jozef Stefan||IJS||Slovenia|
|Sdruzhenie Chernomorski Izledovatelski Energien Tsentar||BSERC||Bulgaria|
More details about EPC+ are available on the project website here – http://epcplus.org/