Change Best project has taken off
A new project supported by the Intelligent Energy —Europe programme has taken off: the Change Best project, which stand for the following very descriptive name: Promoting the development of an energy efficiency service (EES) market – Good practice examples of changes in energy service business, strategies, and supportive policies and measures in the course of the implementation of Directive 2006/32/EC on Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Service.
In fewer words, the Change Best project would like to contribute to the development and implementation of the Directive on energy end-use efficiency and energy services (ESD), which main objective is to stimulate the market for energy services and for the delivery of other energy efficiency improvement measures to final consumers. In order to achieve this objective, the ESD gives a special role to energy distributors, distribution system operators and retail energy sales companies. On the other hand, there are different types of „pure“ energy service companies (ESCOs) in the market ready to expand their business in the field of energy efficiency services.
Against this background the Change Best project tries to understand how and to which extent the EES market could be further developed, what are appropriate business strategies and promising services not only for “advanced” companies but also for small energy companies (“beginners”), what is a policy framework suitable to stimulate market development and to overcome existing barriers, and which role energy companies developing towards sustainable ESCOs could play.