The implementation actions will be grouped in three clusters:
STEER, SAVE and ALTENER.

Sweden

East Sweden Energy Agency (ESEA)

Promotion of E-Vehicles and their infrastructure in the ESEA region (steer)

ESEA has through BEAST managed to raise the awareness, knowledge and positive attitude towards e-vehicles and charging infrastructure by establishing contacts and networking between municipalities and various charging infrastructure companies, electric car dealers and interest groups.
A big E-vehicle event “E Road East” has been organized along with a road show and testing periods of electric cars in municipality use. Support for municipalities to seek loans for the expansion of the charging infrastructure has been given and so far three municipalities have installed 9 semi fast chargers in total and two municipalities are driving 5 e-vehicles.
ESEA is now leading the work to develop a regional strategy for a fossil free vehicle fleet, to be reached 2025.

Coordination of goods in Norrköping (steer)

ESEA identified and made contact with similar ongoing national projects to contribute with experience from them. ESEA has also calculated the climate benefits of the project. Preparing work has also been started to improve the procurement process from local food producers, since one identified barrier is that small local food producers find it complicated and difficult to submit tenders in the procurement process to the municipality.

Waste heat utilization in Boxholm (altener)

ESEA organized meetings with the County Council, Boxholm Municipality, the University, and other involved stakeholders to bring up the project on the municipal agenda. A jam session where all involved stakeholders where present was held in January 2015 and this meeting resulted in that the municipal council in Boxholm now has taken the decision to go ahead with the investment in a technology-enhanced way to store residual energy from the steel company Ovako. BEAST has also provided support in applying for funding to implement the action.

Italy

Valtellina Mountain Community of Morbegno (CMM)

Cycling lane connection with the Valtellina bike ring (steer)

The new path now connects the existing circuits in the area, enhancing new tourism offer through a real tour around the mountain area and on the river side. The cycle path enables bicycle rides in the nature  and thanks to the good intermodal infrastructure connections, users have the chance to use the path for sports and work movements. Encouraging a new sustainable energy efficiency approach in everyday and vacation moments, the cycle path contributes to the shift towards low carbon economy enhancing the landscape of the valley making possible a multifunctional tourism offer.

Energy efficiency refurbishment of CMM headquarter (save)

The project showed its guarantee of annual CO2 emission savings, upgrading the architecture of the CMM building in an environment friendly way, respecting both the design and the energy efficiency aspects. The project contributes to the improvements of inner comfort for CMM staff becoming a best practice for similar public buildings located in the area. The project will provide a better environmental sensitivity and reduced energy bill, having more resources available for other investments necessary for the citizens.

Low Impact Hydropower plant (altener)

The project represents the best practice for the valley, which will facilitate the implementation of similar plants in several close municipalities located in the area. Differently from what has been done in the past, producing RES and limiting environmental impacts, the natural resources will be exploited to direct benefit of local community. The project is an occasion to change the present water pipeline and to improve the public service thanks to an innovative system enabling us to emit 100 time less CO2, comparing to the existent schemes.

Cyprus

Cyprus Energy Agency (CEA)

Energy efficiency measures and penetration of RES to the Municipal Swimming Pool of Lakatamia Municipality (save – altener)

The municipal swimming pool of Lakatamia in Cyprus is constituted by three uncovered pools which used from the public for training during the year or pleasure and party during the summer. In order the swimming pool to operate during the winter is necessary to meet predefined water temperature levels according to the guidelines of the Cyprus Sports Association. For this reason, auxiliary heat is produced by a pair of oil boilers. As a result, the municipality has to allocate an important amount from their budget to cover the energy expenses for the operation of the swimming pool. The municipal council agreed that an energy audit and a business plan are needed in order to decide about the future of the swimming pool. An energy audit carried out to the swimming pool by the Cyprus Energy Agency and the high potential for energy savings was identified.
The final list of measures proposed ranked from the most important to the less important are:

  • Optimization of pool operation (temperature set points)
  • Optimization of pumps operation
  • Installation of biomass boiler
  • Solar thermal system for contribution to hot water demand
  • Installation of photovoltaics

Significant overall savings will come from reduced energy demand, protection against rising energy prices. Although the municipality lack budgets for capital investment in comprehensive renovation projects, EPC purchasing options through accredited ESCOs enable energy-efficiency projects with no upfront costs and include guaranteed payback and results. An ESCO can undertake the implementation of this project, due to its short payback time, good IRR and NPV. The total energy savings if all the measures implemented calculated to be up to 81,900 €/year (66%) and 352 MWh of primary energy/year.

Upgrade of the Street Lighting in 20 local authorities in Cyprus

The project is directed for Cyprus in the territories of twenty (20) Local Authorities in several locations and Districts in Cyprus and covers urban, rural and touristic areas. The local authorities are the final beneficiaries of the project since they are the owners of the street lighting and they pay for the street lighting electricity consumption as well as for the street lighting maintenance. The project covers a significant population area in Cyprus, an area of population of 34,7% of the whole of Cypriot population.
Energy savings in the street-lighting is a priority area for the Local Authorities in Cyprus, aiming through energy saving measures to significantly reduce both carbon dioxide emissions and the annual spending for public lighting, which in many cases is more than 10% of their annual budget.
The total number of existing lighting that will be replaced with new lighting technology Light Emitting Diode (LED) are 55.940.
The total electricity consumption in the street lighting of the twenty local authorities that participate in the project was 18.499 MWh in 2014, which accounts for approximately 21% of the total electricity consumption in street lighting in Cyprus. It is expected that the implementation of the project will result energy savings around 50%.
The project will be implemented through Energy Performance Contracts (EPC), by an Energy Services Company (ESCO), that will be awarded the contract through the public procurement procedure. The procurement for ESCO launched in August 2015 and before the end of this year it is expected to have the contract with the winner bid.

Energy efficiency measures and penetration of RES to the Municipal Town hall of Aradippou Municipality

The Municipality of Aradippou joined the Covenant of Mayors and elaborated a SEAP with the support of CEA. One of the SEAP actions is the energy renovation of the town hall. For the promotion of the project, municipal staff joined the capacity building activities through BEAST. Also various meetings with the municipality realised the last year. It was decided that an energy audit and a business plan are needed to make a decision for the energy renovation of the building. The audit to the building completed in June 2015 and potential savings expected to be exploited by the installation of thermal insulation, automations to the lighting of the building and proper management of the electric appliances of the building. The business plan will identify the suitable financing instruments for the implementation of the project which is expected to be with ESCO model.

Norway

More and Romsdal County Council (MRFK)

Electric vehicles, their infrastructure, fleet analysis and public procurement (steer)

Two electric car races up the steep roads « The Troll Ladder» initiated large participation and media involvement, an electric bus conference in Geiranger with successful test-drive of two fully electric busses up the steep mountain roads encouraged use of electrical busses in rural areas. All eight-speed chargers within the project have been installed and in use.

Implementation of Energy Management System (EMS) - Eco-Lighthouse in a number of public buildings (save)

The County Authority is continuously working with implementation of the Eco lighthouse management in all of its higher secondary schools, dental districts and the central administration

District heating from bioenergy plants (woodchip and biogas) (altener)

Several investigations, workshops and a seminar held with aim to increase the interest and knowledge on opportunities for biogas production in the county. One special case is the possibility to utilize waste heat from a natural gas processing plant for use in the biogas production process.

The fish sludge biogas pilot plant at Smøla (altener)

Is completed as per the first part of the BEAST project.

Belgium

Province of Flemish Brabant (PFB)

Provincial helpdesk for energy management (advisory service) (save)

The Helpdesk Energy Management of PFB coaches municipalities that can benefit from Energy Performance Contracting. The Helpdesk has developed an EPC coaching trajectory in 4 steps, eventually leading to the assignment of an EPC facilitator. In 2014 and 2015, seven municipalities (Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Beersel, Londerzeel, Bertem, Meise, Asse and Lubbeek ) did receive coaching.
All municipalities took part in a start-up training session explaining the concept of EPC. These sessions were followed by spot advice and data collection of municipal building stock. Two intermunicipal jam sessions have been organized to deal with thresholds and barriers of EPC. The data gave the municipalities insight in their buildings and created a base for strategic decisions. In order to facilitate these decisions a strategic workshop on the feasibility of EPC was held in every municipality.
We expect that by 2016, all seven municipalities will have assigned EPC facilitators.

Latvia

Zemgale Regional Energy Agency (ZREA)

Promotion of use of electric vehicles (steer)

During the project lifetime in 2014 and 2015 the number of electric vehicles has risen from some 10 to 200 in Latvia, one of the contributors being also BEAST project. SEAP and Marathon of Electromobiles in May 2015 in four locations gathered about 200 people, ZREA has provided consultations and assistance in project applications for purchase of electric vehicles.

Energy efficiency in multi-residential buildings (save)

The main focus and work ongoing in BEAST project - to provide preconditions for energy efficient refurbishments of multiresidential buildings and to provide assistance in preparation of project applications. First things done - preparation of Informative campaign - 10 seminars planned, identification of barriers, Jam sessions, site visits and consultations on general necessity and benefits of EE refurbishments of multiresidential buildings.Individual Assistance in preparation of project applications for EE refurbishment of multiresidential houses – planned from February 2016.

Promotion of EE and RES solutions (altener)

Information and decisions on the possible EE and RES solutions that can be used in Zemgale municipalities. Implementation of the decision -preparation of the procurement for design and installation of the solar collectors, ppresentation of the solar collector to the public . Work ongoing on RES powered pedestrian crossings. Installation of RES powered pedestrian crossings - public lighting – planned in 2016.

Croatia

University of Zagreb (UNIZAG FSB)

Infrastructure and public procurement of electric vehicles (steer)

In Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were held workshops on SEAP management and business model generation by BEAST project. The business plan for the introduction of infrastructure has been prepared and first two semi-fast chargers were installed by NP Mljet. Currently, ongoing activities are promoting the procurement of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Biomass district heating CHP (altener)

BEAST project organized Jam session, which gathered interested stakeholders to identify all barriers and search for possible solutions. Several meetings with stakeholders were held. National utility company HEP Toplinarstvo is finishing feasibility study that needs to provide a solution acceptable to all stakeholders regarding the CHP system in the City of Velika Gorica.

Community RES on islands (altener)

Dubrovnik-Neretva County has the biggest potential for utilization of solar energy in Croatia so the implementation of RES is primarily focused on solar energy. After holding workshops, there is currently in progress completion of the business plan and PV ESCO model for implementation of photovoltaic solar panels on roofs in the County.

United Kingdom

Western Isles Council (CNES)

Low Carbon and Energy Efficient Properties(save)

Traditional island construction methods mean that many properties have solid wall or other features that make them hard to heat and hard to treat.  Through BEAST we have defined the business case for increased investment to support the roll out of External Wall Insulation for ‘hard to treat’ domestic properties in the Outer Hebrides. Through BEAST we are now pursuing additional finance and funding to support this, as there is a shortfall in what can be achieved within existing energy efficiency programmes.

Local Energy Supply Company (alterner)

We have now created ‘Hebrides Energy’, a community interest company set up to provide access to cheaper, green electricity in an area with the highest levels of fuel poverty in the United Kingdom. Hebrides Energy aspires to, firstly, enter into a private sector partnership arrangement to offer a competitive electricity tariff for local households, and, secondly, go on to acquire its own electricity supply licence in order to directly purchase commercial onshore wind generation and retail the generated electricity locally.

Commercialisation of Marine Energy in the Outer Hebrides(altener)

The Outer Hebrides has a significant marine energy resource and the largest fully consented marine energy site in the world (40 MW site off the West coast of Lewis). The marine energy sector faces significant challenges in progressing to full commercialization. As a result of BEAST we are working with developer interests and government to identify and progress actions that can have a positive impact on the timescale for deploying marine energy devices in the Outer Hebrides.

Spain

Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC)

Wind Diesel System for Fuerteventura (altener)

Off-grid electrification with RES of a small remote fishing village in the island of Fuerteventura. The proposal aims to kick-start a wind-diesel system that during the years of operation from 1996 to 2002, was able to substitute 70 % of diesel consumption in the yearly balance. Current work in the framework of BEAST has been focusing on analyzing the technical and economic feasibility, looking for suitable financial formulas, and addressing multilevel governance issues needed to be resolved.

Microgrid for La Graciosa (altener)

Electrification solution for the small community living in the small island of La Graciosa, located off the North coast of Lanzarote. A high RES penetration microgrid combining PV, low power wind turbines, energy storage and ICTs (Demand Management; wind-solar forecasting). The system is currently being thoroughly designed, with studies that include dynamic stability analysis, and technical and economic feasibility analysis. Important issues related to multilevel governance are currently also being addressed.