Agenția locală a energiei Alba (ALEA)
ALEA – Alba Local Energy Agency is a non-governmental organization created in 2008, through an IEE project submitted by Alba County Council in Romania. It is a specialized institution in the domain of energy providing support to county & local authorities in relation with sustainable energy and mobility planning, promoting projects both on energy efficiency and on the use of local renewable energy sources. It also supports private companies in the realisation of sustainable energy projects.
Objectives and Mission
The agency’s main role is to contribute to the sustainable development of Alba County by improving the current state of energy efficiency, energy management and renewable energy. Furthermore, ALEA is committed to informing and raising awareness of different target groups in efficient energy consumption, renewable energy sources and sustainable mobility through the organization of dedicated campaigns, training sessions and fairs.
The work of the agency is centered on:
- The formulation of energy policy at county level;
- Support local authorities in the development and implementation of local action plans for sustainable energy;
- Promote energy efficiency projects in economic entities, buildings belonging to public institutions, housing, public utility systems;
- Promote the implementation of systems for producing energy from local renewable sources in Alba County;
- Raise awareness and educate both citizens and decision-makers from local government and the private sector regarding intelligent energy solutions
- Support local authorities that signed the Convention of Mayors – the European large-scale initiative for the creation and implementation of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans;
- Consult for energy management in local government and European funds for energy;
- Organize seminars and workshops on topics related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy management, efficient public lighting and sustainable urban mobility;
- Get involved in strong partnerships at Romanian and European level for a intensive exchange of experience in tea main areas of interest and for promoting common activities and projects
Areas of intervention
- Energy planning at county and local level;
- Energy management services to local authorities;
- Professional technical assistance in the elaboration of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans, under the “Covenant of Mayors” initiative;
- Professional technical assistance in the elaboration of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans;
- Identification of energy efficiency and renewable energy related projects with national or European co-financing;
- Support the promotion and implementation of national programs such as: “Casa Verde” (Green House) for individuals, “Casa Verde” for public institutions and the thermal rehabilitation of housing blocks;
- Professional technical assistance related to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for the general public and for the business environment;
- Organisation of energy efficiency and renewable energy related campaigns;
- Organisation of various events (conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions) on energy efficiency,renewable energy and urban mobility;
- Educational classes for the young generation related to energy efficiency, renewable energy and recycling.
Projects and initiatives
- Covenant of Mayors: ALEA is recognized as supporter of CoM by the European Commission regarding Covenant of Mayors – CoM Initiative, ensuring its promotion and providing full technical support to public authorities – CoM signatories (until now more than 15). This support covers the initial analysis of energy consumption and the monitoring (inventory of energy consumption and CO2 emissions) identifying local resources of renewable energy, implementation of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan – SEAP, leading to ensure complete management of these processes.
- Involvement in more than 15 European projects under the “Intelligent Energy Europe” program.
These projects cover areas such as: sustainable energy in buildings (nZEB), efficient public lighting, support LAs – CoM signatories to set up their SEAPs, rational use of energy in homes, developing the capacity of local communities to use renewable energy sources, achieving an regional energy observatory, green public procurement, sustainable urban mobility and promoting the use of electric vehicles.
- Establisment of ANERGO Energy Observatory in 2015 as an internal structure.
This is the firs regional energy observatory in Romania. Local Authorities and energy data providers signed partnership agreements with the observatory in order to facilitate energy data exchange between the local authorities and services suppliers from the power distribution and public transport sectors. ANERGO’s online data exchange platform allows municipalities to monitor their trends regarding energy consumptions and get annual emissions inventories and reports.
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