The success of further increasing energy efficiency in all sectors of consumption plays a vital role in coping with the challenges of our common energy future. Avoiding energy consumption by increasing end-use efficiency is a highly effective way to meet all three key targets of energy policies: Security of supply, affordable costs of energy services and environmental soundness.
But what are the appropriate instruments to bring energy efficiency to the end-user? One of the most urgent energy policy and energy economics challenges continues to be the search for suitable “tools” to execute energy conservation potentials. The level of success is far from satisfactory as the continuous increase in final energy consumption reveals. Now and for the foreseeable future there is an urgent need to conclude and support all suitable political, regulatory and market based instruments for the implementation of Energy Efficiency and Renewables.
The ESCo industry is an expanding business throughout the world contributing to the improvement of energy efficiency, control of energy costs and reduction of greenhouse gas and other emissions. The models of offering these services can get various forms like Energy Supply Contracting (ESC) or Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) resulting in diverse contract models and financing arrangements. Our view of the basic features of “real” Energy-Contracting projects can be downloaded here: IEA-DSM-Task16_Task-Flyer_Sept2013.pdf
What is Energy Contracting? An integrated service with results guaranteed.
Task 16 serves as a research and expert platform, while national experts carry out individual national implementation activities. The results of Task 16 are discussed and disseminated in a series of stakeholder workshops, publications, presentations at conferences and workshops.
Energy contracting activities have been started in different segments of energy consumption in different countries. White areas on the market map are gradually being covered by existing and new enterprises. Nevertheless Energy Contracting still is a complex product, which can not be sold or procured easily in the markets. As it is the case with energy efficiency in general. In many other countries markets are still immature and in a developing stage. There are many reasons to take the work of Task XVI further on the way towards developed energy service markets:
Task 16 has received considerable interest in its previous work, expressed in a number of invitations to conferences and workshops to more than ten IEA as well as non IEA countries. Also the task work itself benefits from feedback on its publications. This international and national dissemination activity of IEA DSM work should be taken further and will also enhance the visibility of the DSM programme as a whole.
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The goals of the Task 16-extension are, to contribute to the development and implementation of innovative and competitive energy efficiency and demand response services. Thus we want to
The underlying goal is to increase understanding of Energy-Contracting as a tool to implement energy efficiency projects: Pros and cons, potentials, limits and added values of ESCo products in comparison to in-house implementation.
The benefits for the participating countries and for the DSM agreement will encompass:
Last but not least networking with innovative ESCo market players may be considered as an added value.
As of October 2013, 15 Energy Service Expert Platform Stakeholder workshops were held in the participating countries.
National Implementation Activities were carried out according to the individual plans of country experts and activities were reported and reviewed at the platform meetings. Ongoing activities can be integrated into the NIA's.
The Task 16 Work Plan will continue to work with its well established structure and add demand response services as an additional subtask. The five operational subtasks are:
The following scheme illustrates the general structure and workflow of the task extension:
Task 16 started operation in July 2006 and terminated Phase 1 in June 2009. The IEA DSM ExCo has decided on a 2nd extension of Task 16 for a three year period from July 2012 to June 2015.
An overview of the subtasks including milestones is displayed in the following figure.
Task XVI-Extension timetable and milestones
Please send inquiry for current events to EnergeticSolutions@email.de.
Jan W. Bleyl (Operating Agent and NE)
Lieven Vanstraelen (National Expert)
Tel: + 32-495-551 559
Charles-Henri Bourgois (National Expert)
Tel: +32 477 45 29 81
P.O.Box 489, 00101 Helsinki
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
Srinivasan Ramaswamy (NE 06/2012)
Abhishek Nath (NE until 10/2009)
4th Floor, Sewa Bhavan, R.K. Puram
New Delhi -110066, India
Japan Facility Solutions, Inc.
1-18 Ageba-cho Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 162-0824, Japan
Essent Retail Services BV (until 06/2012)
Withuisveld 7, 6226 NV Maastricht
Red Eléctrica de España
Dpto. Gestión de la Demanda
Hitachi Consulting (until 06/2012)
Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE
Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications
Energetic Solutions, Austria + Germany
Task XVI is open for participation. Check for conditions on our participation page.