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Plan of municipal efficiency in public lighting

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The Project for Energy Efficiency in Public Lighting of the Border is based on the 2000 ESE Plan which has as its primary objective to install a lighting system that is energy efficient, while also being environmentally sustainable. In general, policies and actions aimed at achieving savings and greater energy efficiency of a country or community are beneficial because: they will generate benefits in terms of economic competitiveness; there are environmental benefits from reducing emissions; they will improve the balance of payments, by reducing energy bills. Savings and improved energy efficiency in Spain will mean lower emissions of greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). Municipalities, as local management units and due to their proximity to citizens and their knowledge of the reality of the city, play an important role in implementing sustainable energy policies.

For these reasons in 2009, a multidisciplinary team of the EGTC Duero-Douro has collected information about consumption and energy expenditure of all member institutions in Spain to be included in the Project for Energy Efficiency in Public Lighting. Through it, the EGTC wants to achieve the modernisation of efficient lighting systems throughout the country. From the documentation provided by each member, the Regional Authority for Energy and the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDEA), will fund energy audits and propose a series of corrective measures adapted to the needs and consumption of each entity. There will be an energy audit by all municipalities, since each zone may have its own system and different lighting needs. This depends on several factors: Types of light bulbs; Power (W); Auxiliary equipment; Luminaires: types, sizes, maintenance; Hours of Operation; Condition and cleanliness; Presence of savings schemes: presence detectors, natural light detectors, temporary switches; Operation of lighting (manual, automatic, areas, etc.).

From that moment on, the EGTC will require the replacement of lighting systems among energy service companies. The cost of these changes will be sustained entirely by the contractor. In return, each member of the EGTC is committed to continue paying four to five years after the renewal of the lighting systems, maintaining the same spending as before the remodeling. After this period of repayment, each member of the EGTC will notice a substantial savings in its energy bill, nearly 40%, or even higher.

Therefore, this project will include at least the following sections:

  • Optimisation of the energy bill: electricity and gas.
  • Energy Audit: Making general and annual consumption data.
  • Analysis of blocks and use of the process and equipment description with its use.
  • Public lighting: consumption and implementation measures of efficiency.
  • Technical assistance in the implementation of efficiency measures.
Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity:
Keywords: Energy efficiency, sustainability, rural development, active citizenship, economic and energy saving
Short English description: The Project for Energy Efficiency in Public Lighting of the Border is based on the 2000 ESE Plan which has as its primary objective to install a lighting system that is energy efficient, while also being environmentally sustainable.
Further information
Organisation: European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Duero-Douro
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.duero-douro.com
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: 1-25
Number of people involved: 6-10
Country: Spain
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Plan of municipal efficiency in public lighting (41.2284442, -6.3404375)
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