A rapidly growing world population and increasing energy consumption are leading to a continuous rise of greenhouse gas emissions. Resulting climate change and extreme weather events represent one of the greatest challenges in Europe. RURES sets to exploit the potential of renewable energies (RES) and energy efficiency (EE) in rural regions as they have a great potential for reaching energy autonomy. Within RURES local support group composed of all relevant actors will be established acting as a regional energy network for implementing energy efficiency plans.
Best-practices of alternative financing models for EE/RES measures will be researched and become the basis for new feasibility studies on how to implement energy efficiency plans. The calculator tool (for municipal taxes and other incomes) will highlight the importance of a community-oriented regional development and further underline the benefits and added value generated by exploiting EE/RES.
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Medjimurje Energy Agency Ltd.. (acronym MENEA) was established in year 2008 as a part of the EU project „Creation of energy agencies in Lleida (ES), Medjimurje (HR) and Montpellier (FR)“ financed from Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE).
On Wednesday, 29th November 2017, the second LSG meeting was held in the premises of the Technology and Innovation Center Međimurje in Čakovec, under the project RURES jointly implemented by the Croatian partners Regional Development Agency Međimurje REDEA and the Međimurje Energy Agency MENEA.