Activities of the network of positive energy territories
The network already offers a range of activities and events. It is planned to expand this list over time.
SHARING IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES
NATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCES
Every year, members of the network of positive energy territories come together with other communities, regions and local stakeholders who are interested in this approach at a national conference on “Energy and rural areas, towards positive energy territories”.
The Communauté de communes du Mené (Community of towns and village of Mené) (Côtes-d’Armor) began the conference cycle on 15-16-17 June 2011. The Biovallée (Bio Valley) (Drôme) and Pays Sud Bourgogne (South Bourgogne Area) (with the region of Bourgogne and Ademe) took up the baton in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
The next conference will be held on 24 to 26 September 2014 in Mimizan. It is being organised by the communities of towns and villages of Mimizan and Haute Lande, in partnership with the Region of Aquitaine and ADEME and in collaboration with CLER.
A mailing list for the network of positive energy territories was established in 2011 by CLER. It is reserved for members of the network. It includes the elected representatives, directors and operations managers of the communities and areas involved, along with project owners and representatives of support structures at national level.
The aim of the mailing list is to publicise innovative initiatives, share experiences and practical advice, flag up obstacles and problems in the field, etc.
CLER moderates the list. In order to register, parties must belong to the network of positive energy territories.
Virtual versions of “energy cafés”, webinars are workshops for sharing ideas and experiences via videoconferencing and via a chat function. Based around one or two short practical presentations (15 minutes), they are intended to illustrate or deepen reflection on specific experiences relating to a particular theme.
Webinars are reserved for members of the network of positive energy territories. In order to take part, interested parties must belong to the network of positive energy territories.
The first webinars will be held shortly (end of Q1 2014).
CAPITALISING ON KNOWLEDGE
The website of the positive energy territories contains all available information on the movement:
- News local, regional and national, on the dynamics of positive energy territories
- National cartography of positive energy territories
- Good practice of local communities and stakeholders
- Reports on national conferences of TEPOS
- Practical advice on implementing an effective local strategy
- Points of view of the positive energy territories.
PUBLICATION: "EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS OF RENEWABLE ENERGIES"
Within the framework of the RES Champions League, an annual report presents the best European communities in terms of renewable energy for rural areas – to which the positive energy territories clearly belong:
DISSEMINATE, RAISE AWARENESS, INFORM
Members and managers of the network of positive energy territories participate regularly in local conferences or national trade shows and seminars. Follow their tour de France!
PARTICIPATION IN TRADE SHOWS
As part of the partnership framework established with CLER, the communities that are members of the network of positive energy territories can participate in the main trade shows (BE Positive, Pollutec) in order to promote their local development strategy, including energy issues.
The newsletter regularly presents the main innovations published on the website. It alternates every month between contents of a national and European character (within the framework of the European project 100% RES Communities).
The positive energy territories are represented in the social networks Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The Twitter @reseautepos account in particular is used to relay news, announce events, provide a news round-up online, etc. in collaboration with the positive energy territories.
STATING POINTS OF VIEW
FORMULATING AND DISSEMINATING OPINIONS
The positive energy territories have set themselves the objective of creating a new energy landscape through their specific actions in this field. Their opinions help to better define the contours of this landscape from a more theoretical point of view.
DISTRIBUTION OF PRESS RELEASES
The positive energy territories are keen to use the press to publicise as widely as possible the innovative initiatives in their local areas. These want to highlight the results of the motivation and commitment of their communities and local stakeholders, but also make known the obstacles and difficulties they have encountered, with a view to entering into a constructive dialogue with relevant bodies in order to raise and resolve them.