Energy Cities joins the Small is Beautiful campaign

Energy Cities, the European Association of local authorities in energy transition, has joined forces with SolarPower Europe and 12 other  associations, to support small-scale renewable and high efficiency co-generation installations in Europe, which are currently at risk under new EU legislation. 

James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe stated “Small renewable installations on office buildings, schools, libraries and hospitals are crucial to a successful energy transition in cities. We are delighted that Energy Cities support this position and have joined the Small is Beautiful campaign, which aims to safeguard small installations across Europe.’

“Energy Cities joins the campaign at a crucial moment as we approach the final negotiations of the Clean Energy Package, where we must ensure that small-scale renewables receive support from the EU to thrive. This will empower consumers and communities across Europe, bringing new clean local jobs and investments. This is fully in line with the EUs own climate and energy objectives” added Watson.

Prof.Dr Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg and President of Energy Cities commented “In the road to a fully renewable-powered system, Energy Cities’ members have always called for “energy subsidiarity”, where locally-available solutions and savings are explored first and large-scale options considered next. Studies have shown how local, community-owned energy systems contribute up to 8 times more to inward economic development than bigger installations, often sponsored by external developers. The Small is Beautiful Campaign has our full backing and we hope it will help enact this principle into EU legislation.”

About Small is Beautiful

Small is Beautiful is a campaign to support small-scale renewable installations and cogeneration facilities in the EU. The aim of the campaign is to safeguard the regulatory incentives such as priority dispatch, for small-scale installations, currently under debate in the Clean Energy Package negotiations. This campaign is led by 14 trade associations including SolarPower Europe, AEBIOM, AIE, COGEN EUROPE, EGEC Geothermal, EBA (European Biogas Association), Euroheat & Power, EPHA (European Heat Pump Association), EREF (European Renewable Energies Federation), EUREC, Energy Cities, OceanEnergy Europe, SolarHeat Europe, and WindEurope.

About Energy Cities

Energy Cities is the European Association of local authorities in energy transition. From 2017 to 2020, Energy Cities is under the Presidency of the City of Heidelberg (DE) with a Board of Directors of 11 European cities. The association created in 1990 represents now more than 1,000 towns and cities in 30 countries.

About SolarPower Europe

SolarPower Europe is a member-led association representing organisations active along the whole value chain. Our aim is to shape the regulatory environment and enhance business opportunities for solar power in Europe.