Seminar "Rural development & sustainable energy"

The seminar "Rural Development & Sustainable Energy" aims at presenting the opportunities for local development through sustainable energy production and use and also hopes to motivate new stakeholders to take action in this field.

Date:1 March 2007
Venue: Stadthalle Wels, A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria
Conference fee:50 Euro (plus 10% VAT)
Conference language: English, German
Organisation and conference office:O.Ö. Energiesparverband
Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
Fax +43/732/7720-14383
office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at



Market places for sustainable energy in rural areas
Andreas HĂŒbner, Gertec GmbH, Germany


Rural electrification in Latin America
Alvaros Rios-Roca, Executive Secretary of the Latin American Energy Organisation, Ecuador


The "energy kit"
Joachim Payr, Energiewerkstatt GmbH, Austria


Successful renewable projects in peripheral areas
Grzegorz Wiƛniewski, EC BREC Institute for Renewable Energy, Poland


Renewables in sensitive areas - the nature parks in RhĂŽne-Alpes
Reinhard Six, RAEE, France


Biogas - a cornerstone of rural development
Kornél L. Kovåcs, Hungarian Biogas Association, Hungary


Discussion/Coffee break


Local energy initiatives and economic growth
Michael Stöhr, B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH MĂŒnchen, Germany

17.00Energy efficiency through "learning" networks
Dirk Köwener, BSR-Sustainability, Germany


"Renewable market places" in Slovenia
Franco Nemac, ApE d.o.o., Slovenia


"Warm farms" and other local initiatives
Kierson Wise, SWEA, UK


How to reach energy targets by networking
Hans Gulliksson, Energikontor Sydost, Sweden


Conference end

Increasing the use of local renewable energy sources in rural areas offers the possibility to reduce fossil fuel consumption and to avoid costly energy imports. It also leads to the development of new professions (farmers as "energy entrepreneurs") as well as new businesses which create jobs in innovative sectors. Successful renewable energy / energy efficiency projects depend on the exitstence of regional structures (e.g. networks), that organise, co-ordinate and coach the regional actors. Regional market places as a new instrument can promote the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency by bringing together suppliers and potential end-users and / or investors come to exchange experiences, and find solutions for the use of renewable energies and energy efficient measures in their region. A growing number of rural communities is using renewable energy sources and benefits from the economic advantages of sustainable energy use.

This event is organised in the frame of the IEE-project "RES market places".