Regional Energy Services Operator - OSER
“SPL OSER” (Société Publique Locale Efficacité Energétique Opérateur de Services Energétiques Régional), a Publicly owned Local Limited Company (PLLC), was created at the end of 2012 to assist local and regional authorities in the region of Rhône-Alpes in meeting the challenges of energy transition through the realisation of deep energy retrofit projects. OSER stands for “Regional Energy Services Operator” and its mayor role is to act as a Public ESCO (Energy Services Company) for its public shareholders within the Rhône-Alpes region. Its founding partners, the Region of Rhône-Alpes, 9 municipalities and the inter-municipality SIEL, created the SPL as an answer to the then very weak demand for deep energy retrofit investments and the quasi-absence of comprehensive retrofit solutions offering. They were convinced that energy efficiency requirements on new construction only would not suffice to decrease the ambitious CO2 emission reduction targets and that the public authorities had to play a leadership role in the roll-out of deep energy retrofit projects, in order to boost a dynamic of energy retrofit.
The programme’s ambition is to invest around 78M€ and reach for every retrofitted building the French Low Energy Consumption standard BBC (Batiment Basse Consommation) of 80kWh/m²/year, achieve significant cuts in energy consumption ranging from 40% to 75%, boost the regional economy and create jobs through retrofitting.
The SPL went operational at the end of 2014 with the signature of the first project with Ville de Bourg-en-Bresse related to the retrofit of the school buildings of 3 school groups. Currently it has launched 10 projects with a total investment value of 31M€ and it has 7 other projects in feasibility phase.