As energy prices increase, regions can make themselves more competitive and attractive by obtaining a secure energy supply and using it efficiently. The VIS NOVA project focuses on helping rural regions to produce their own energy sources and improve efficiency, to the point where 100 percent of their energy needs are generated locally. The project helps regions to research best practices and apply pilot measures before taking action on new energy policies.
VIS NOVA is a joint project of five partner regions coming from four different EU member states (regions of the "Dübener Heide" and Schwäbisch Hall/DE, Tullnerfeld-West/AT, Małopolska/Poland and the South-Transdanubian Region/HU). They aim for the objective to cover in the medium and long term up to 100 percent of the territory's energy demand by energy being produced off regional resources. Sustainability and a secured supply shall be turned into a location factor; the possibility to determine prices can be exploited as a new incentive to promote economic development. Moreover, regional added value and hence employment in the energy sector are strengthened.
The project pursuits an integrated approach which addresses both the supply (provision of sustainable energy) and demand site (efficient use). Best practices will be researched, transferred and tested in pilot measures (both pre-investment and small investment) before the regional energy development plans will be adopted with a political vote. During this process, financial resources from national programmes will be explored and responsibilities for the plans' implementation assigned. Already existing energy/regional development agents (usually those participating in the project) will assume the competency of a regional sustainable energy centre to master the energy development plans' medium and long-term implementation.
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