Core activities of RETS Project are completed since December 2012,
but RETS consortium and network keep alive!
The "RETS: Renewable Energies Transfer System" project
The "RETS: Renewable Energies Tranfer System" project has grown up out of a local experience in the field of renewable energies in Northern Alsace (France): the PEREN project.
The project aimed to tackle the challenges of renewable energies for local and regional authorities (in particular those with less than 25,000 inhabitants) in association with the expertise of existing competency centres that produce research and provide services on renewable energies. These small sized authorities have to combat issues linked to their territorial competitiveness and access to project management skills for the implementation of complex projects (energy-mix).
The main objective of RETS was to improve the knowledge and competencies of local and regional policymakers in renewable energies in order to facilitate the deployment of renewable energy policies.
The core RETS activities concerned the creation of simple usable tools for local authorities in order to help them make informed choices for the implementation of the right renewable energy strategy within their territories.
RETS Consortium consolidated 3 years of work on different project outputs and results:
- 56 good practices
- 10 regional seminars
- 6 study visits
- 3 international conferences
- 10 newsletters
- 25 articles on RES
- A compendium of good practices
- A results brochure
- Project website: www.rets-project.eu
- Project wiki: www.rets-community.eu
The project ended with the Final Conference, held in Strasbourg on 16th October 2012, but partners have already started working on how to further share and exchange on their outputs and results. So the consortium agreed to continue cooperation beyon 2012. Joining the INTERREG IVC capitalisation initiative is one way of doing this. Another is through stimulating exchange between similar networks. It is hoped new project ideas and cooperation will be built from the exchanges.
Meanwhile, RETS newsletter "Renewables Update" will be back in 2013 with more news on renewable energy.