The Federal state of Berlin in partnership with Berlin Energy Agency (BEA) has initiated in 1996 the “Energy Savings Partnerships” for improving energy efficiency in public buildings in Berlin. They project manage the retrofit of public and private buildings, preparing tenders for works that will guarantee reductions in energy consumptions of an average of 26% based on Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) with the private ESCO sector (Energy Services Companies). In this program, BEA acts as project marketer, aggregator and facilitator, as well as financial advisor for the beneficiaries of the program (federal and local authorities).
So far 1.400 buildings have been upgraded or retrofitted, delivering CO2 reductions of more than 70,000 tonnes per year.
As the programme is based on EPC with guaranteed savings and as the majority of these energy retrofits investment are being reimbursed to the ESCO from the majority of the energy savings there is no additional cost for the property owner.
The retrofit comes at no additional cost to the property owner as the idea is that the majority of the guaranteed energy savings is being used to the reimbursement of the investment to the ESCO, and that a small portion of the energy savings is being kept by the property owners as immediate savings on their energy bills.
Federal State of Berlin through the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment: takes political decisions, initiates the program, assigns the program delivery unit, supports the cost of the program delivery unit via grants.
Berlin Energy Agency (BEA): developed the staff, procedures, tools and services for the program. It offers program delivery unit services such as programme marketing, project facilitation, projects aggregation, and financial advice.
Local partner banks: contribute to the program funding through loans.
BEA (Berlin Energy Agency) is the program delivery unit under assignment of the Federal State of Berlin and acts as marketer, projects facilitator, projects aggregator and financial advisor for the beneficiaries (property owners).
BEA is a public/private partnership between the government of the federal state of Berlin, the governmental development bank KfW Bankengruppe and private stakeholders.
BEA operates as an energy services company in Germany and internationally. In Germany and abroad, BEA prepares energy concepts, provides project management and advice on the implementation of innovative energy service models in buildings (e.g. Energy Savings Partnerships in more than 1,400 public buildings in Berlin) and promotes the use of renewable energies. It also assists in the implementation of modern energy management. Furthermore, its scope of business includes awareness raising and information campaigns targeting end users, decision makers and multipliers.
So far, 26 projects have been realised by end of 2013 covering 1.400 buildings with a global investment of 53,0M €. The projects have led to total guaranteed savings of around EUR 11,9M € or 26% of the energy bills.
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