Newsletter European Energy Transition Conference – September 2017

« Towards a local public service for energy? »

Focus on the exploratory study conducted by Energy Cities

on the issue of the local re-appropriation of the management of energy in Europe



With a concentration, on a global scale, of over half the population and over 80% of the GDP, the cities represent 2/3rds of the demand for primary energy and 70% of the CO² emissions generated by energy. Convinced that the challenges and the solutions for the implementation of energy transition are located at the local level, many players advocate transverse and decentralized management of energy. Through an exploratory study conducted by Andreas Rüdinger, with the support of the Agency for the Environment and the Control of energy (ADEME), Energy Cities – a European network of local authorities committed to energy transition, wished to bring some enlightenment to the various facets of this phenomenon and thus offer the cities that wish to become part of this initiative, a new interpreting and analyzing template before starting out.

How can the cities and local players regain control of the local energy system? What are the challenges and successes encountered when setting up local energy services undertaking? What links exist between decentralisation and remunicipalisation, shared energy and participative governance? The European review proposed is mainly concentrated on the phenomenon of « remunicipalisation » (local management of energy production and distribution), and this through the example of three countries: Germany, the UK and France.