Large investment programme in France to benefit rural areas?

The French government is launching its 3rd PIA “Programme for Investing in the Future” with a call for expression of Interest last September to prepare for the call for proposal that will be open during the third term of 2018. The Call for Expression of Interest received more than 110 candidates and 24 were selected to receive 400 000€ to conduct feasibility studies (up to 50% funding) and strengthen their applications for the Call for projects in a few months. Among the 24 laureates for the EoI, the project HAPPI (stands for Hub to Support Innovative Partnership Project) Montana coordinated by Macéo was selected. It gathers about 80 partners from urban and rural territories in the French central mountain range (Massif central).

The goal? Boost and spread innovation in mountainous areas to fasten the development of the region and France as a whole. As partner, RURENER will be involved in facilitating territorial dialogue on energy project, and increase the dissemination of the experimentations in greater Europe. An ambitious project benefiting from a fantastic energy!

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From 2017 to 2018

Before you read this, go take a look at the report of ENER’Cyprus, RURENER 2017 General Assembly (especially if you missed it)!

What are the main conclusions for 2017?

RURENER current project “2017 Year of Innovation for Rural Energy” is under progress, the four actions are developed in France for now and will expand to Europe in the coming months.

New cooperation projects are being developed though the Interreg SUDOE and H2020 European programmes.

RURENER strengthened its connection with the European Countryside Movement (ECM) in Brussels to reinforce its lobbying action for rural energy. RURENER is fully supporting the writing of a European Rural Agenda, as promoted by the RED (Rurality Environment Development) and the ECM. Complementary to the current Urban Agenda, the Rural Agenda will be in favor of an integrated sustainable development of rural territories in their diversity. As such, it will help rural territories to get recognition at the EU level for their role in European challenges we are facing today: recognition of the great potential of rural territories for production of renewable energy, promotion of local resources and value chains, re-localization of the economy for a tailored answer to climate changes. The Rural Agenda will strengthen cooperation within the rural context, cope with the imbalance between urban and rural areas and explore the synergies of these poles: decentralized energy production at local levels, outreach of urban innovation centers to support rural innovation, development of cleaner transports and digitized solutions and  much more. For all these reasons, RURENER is strongly in favor of a European Rural Agenda, a necessary tool for a transversal approach of rural (but not only) development.

What’s up for 2018?

In 2018 we will continue to support rural territories developing their energy strategy towards the energy transition, we will continue to develop tools to facilitate the transition, we will continue to be a bridge between rural energy stakeholders across Europe and enhance cooperation between them and, of course, we will continue to bring rural innovations up at the European level. In 2018, the RURENER will also be growing with the recruitment of two new interns to help us turn ideas into actions.

To make a long story short, in 2018 it will be: new projects, new services, reinforced communication, strong cooperation, and a lot of human energy and enthusiasm!

Happy New Year!!

2018 here we come!

A brand new year has just begun, and we hope that you are all making good resolutions to develop rural renewable energy production, improve energy efficiency, encourage energy savings and involve everyone around you in the great journey of the energy transition.

Supporting you, municipalities, networks, organizations, cooperatives, local businesses and other rural energy stakeholders, to achieve the energy transition, is our resolution at RURENER. In order to do so we will develop more services, build new projects and continue to connect stakeholders from all over Europe to grow together in a sustainable way.

Come along and seize the opportunity of the energy transition for rural development!

Happy 2018, may it be rich in innovations, experiences and exchanges.

The RURENER Team