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Title of the measure/initiative: Network of Local Energy Communities (LEC)
Name of the organisation: Wigwam Circuit
Status of the organisation: Association
Address: I - 35028 Piove di Sacco (Padova) - Via Porto, 8
Contact person: Efrem Tassinato
Phone: +39 049.9704413 Fax: +39 049.9702221
Web site : www.wigwam.it
Topic (multiple answers are possible)
X Public Sector
Large Industrial Buildings
X Solar Plants
X District Heating
X Energy saving
X Energy efficiency
Other, please specify ___________________________________________
Stakeholders (multiple answers are possible)
X Local and regional authorities
Energy service company (ESCO’s)
Architects and engineers
Other, please specify ____________________________________________
The project involves 9 municipalities located in the Veneto Region (northeast Italy) and
interested in the concepts of sustainable development, energy efficiency and recycling of
urban waste, and their application. The Network of Local Energy Communities comprises the
following municipalities: Badia Calavena, Arzergrande, Casalserugo, Legnaro, Lendinara,
Stanghella, Arre, Piove di Sacco, Due Carrare.
The project aims at the promotion of sustainable development and the realization of the
initiatives for efficient use of energy and energy production from renewable sources in the
areas involved. The crucial point of the project is to create the favourable conditions in order
to reach the energy auto sufficiency through the energy saving and energy production, and
involving the inhabitants in every initiative to be undertaken. Moreover, for the efficient
technical and administrative support in the management of Local Energy Communities a
multidiscipline group of advisors has been created.
The specific objectives of the project are following:
1) to promote the culture and concrete actions in the field of energy production utilising
renewable sources, to provide information about the advantages deriving from the energy
efficiency and from the valorisation of urban wastes;
2) to promote the environmental protection issues, diffusion of plants producing energy from
renewable sources and influencing the occupational growth, support in the creation of new
enterprises, especially between young people and in the small communities (located in the
rural and montanous areas);
3) create a community of inhabitants associated in the Project Club that participate at the
activities coordinated by a local municipality, in order to carry out concrete actions in the
field of sustainable development.
The first step of the project was to recognize a good practice, i.e. a local community virtuous
in the field of energy production using renewable sources. The Wigwam Circuit has chosen
the Municipality of Badia Calavena that from 10 years has applied the active energy strategy
based on the use of renewable sources. That small municipality has got an eolic plant of 100
meters height, a biomass heating system for schools, photovoltaic and thermal solar plants
distributed on the territory.
The successive step was to disseminate the experience of Badia Calavena through the training
courses and giving to other municipalities the proper instruments and preparation for the
energy production using renewable sources and energy saving, and reaching a high level of
energy auto sufficiency. A key success factor has been recognised in the inhabitants
The training sessions are based on the analysis of the technical, administrative and legislative
aspects that have to be considered by local administration in order to realize a plant for energy
production using renewable sources (photovoltaic, eolic, biomass, hydroelectric). Moreover,
the guided visits are organised in the Park of Renewable Energies in Badia Calavena (please
find enclosed a presentation flyer).
FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND PARTNERS
The sources for the training courses’ funding are the inscription fees.
The initiative was supported by Veneto Region.
The attended results of the initiative are: CO2 emission reduction, social benefits (occupation
growth), health benefits (air quality improvement).
LESSONS LEARNED AND REPEATABILTY
The initiative could be repeated in other areas in Europe, the main factor of success is to
aggregate communities interested to become energy efficient and to carry out the concrete
actions utilising potential resources present in their territories.
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