Province of Alicante, ES – Energy Savings Plan

In its Territorial Coordinator role, the Province must help the signatory municipalities within its territory to fulfil their Covenant commitments, in particular in the context of the global economic crisis and budget restrictions. More than 88% of the province’s municipalities have adhered, of which 78% have submitted their BEI and SEAP, making it be among the top five provinces at the European level in terms of number of committed municipalities.

Province of Alicante, ES – Energy Savings Plan

Under the “Provincial Energy Savings Plan” the Province of Alicante has organized 5 annual calls (since 2010) to finance signatory municipalities’ development of their Baseline Emissions Inventories (BEIs) and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), and 3 annual calls (since 2012) to finance the actual implementation of measures defined in these SEAPs.

The “Provincial Energy Savings Plan” has four phases:

  • Signatory municipalities applying for subsidies through the annual Calls must submit a technical-financial feasibility study for each of their proposed energy-efficiency measures (1).
  • The Provincial Energy Agency checks these to make a selection. [Municipalities must notably authorize the Energy Agency access to their energy consumption data]. The selected projects enter the preparation phase (2),
  • the execution phase (3)
  • and the monitoring phase of resulting energy savings (4) – all supervised by the Provincial Energy Agency.

The Calls are jointly managed out by the Environmental Office of the Alicante Province and the Provincial Energy Agency, which acts as the technical support structure who helps select approved projects within each Call. The Energy Agency also then supports the municipalities in implementing the projects and monitoring the resulting energy savings for continuous improvement.

The budget mobilized by the province for its Provincial Energy Savings Plan has been of € 7.7 M for 2012 – 2014. More than € 2.7 M were invested for the energy efficiency improvement of 62 municipalities, leading to great results: 

  • energy bills savings: € 500,000,
  • CO2 reductions of 721 tons,
  • average return on investment period of 7 years.

An important point was the dissemination of this initiative. To do so, the province has collaborated with the national level through the Spanish Engineering Institute.