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HESPUL (with the support of ETD)


Hespul is a French independent non-profit making association based in Lyon (France) created in 1991 under the name of "Phebus". Firstly specialised in small scale grid-connected PV, Hespul has successfully introduced this technology in France before being at the source of roughly 80 % of the more or less 1 MWp of PV grid-connected facilities in France, most of which through financing from EC in the IV° and V° FP.
Usually dealing with technical, administrative and financing issues for grid connection of small renewable facilities based on any technology, Hespul has actively participated as a ground actor in the long-lasting discussion that followed the Electric Law passed in February 2002 introducing a feed-in tariff system in France.
Since 2000, Hespul is the referenced "Info-Energy Point" for the rural part of the Rhône District, a 400 000 inhabitants area surrounding the large conurbation of Lyon with its 1,5 millions inhabitants. Hespul plays a major role in this area for promotion, information and training of large public and professionals about all renewable energy sources. Hespul also brings active support to renewable developers for technical, financing and administrative advice, including those involved in wind energy.
Hespul has been involved at regional level (in Rhone-Alpes Region) in working group for designing and implementing methodology for small-scale wind energy development. Hespul is nowadays involved in the national wind energy organisation FEE (France-Energie-Eolienne) as strategic and legal advisor, and in the umbrella organisation CLER in which Hespul's representative currently sits as vice-president.

ETD (Energies et Territoires Développement) is a French consultancy specialised in wind energy : spatial planning, micro-siting, economic analysis, environnemental impact assessment, advices to municipalities and local initiators of projects.




BWE, the Bundesverband WindEnergie e.V., the German Wind Energy Association was founded in October 1996 as a merger of the two major German wind energy associations. It has about 16000 individual and corporate members. This makes the BWE the largest individual association for renewable energy sources in Germany.
The basic idea of the BWE work is to improve the political framework and the general conditions for building and operating wind turbines. They are promoting a new energy policy based on decentralized renewable energy sources, instead of centralized power generation based on nuclear/fossil fuels. Maintaining and extending broad public acceptance for wind energy is another important aspect of work. This includes public relations and media work, co-operation with scientific institutes, with environmental and nature protection organisations and to provide general information about wind power. Members are given independent support on issues relating to technology, permission and economics of wind power.
Regional groups and branches have been established in each of the Länder (German federal states). A series of fact sheets containing information about various aspects on the use of wind energy are produced for the members and the general public. Publications are edited in German and in English.




Objectives: Development, testing, demonstration, consultancy, and information, within renewable energy and the environment, with small and medium size enterprises as special target group.
Organisation: Independent non profit institution, managed by a board. Core funding from the Danish Government plus project funding. Total funding of 8-14 million DKK per year. Buildings etc.: 3,000 square metres including offices, workshops, exhibitions, training centre, etc. 8 hectares of land.
Branches: Mali-Folkecenter, Bamako, Mali; Folkecenter office Kaunas, Lithuania.
Networks: Folkecenter forms part of international networks including partners in Western and Eastern Europe, and in Developing Countries. Folkecenter is Danish co-ordinator of EUROSOLAR and for the European Solar Prize, and Co-ordinator for EUROSOLAR in the Baltic region; is a member of FED, Forum for Energy and Development; is a member of EREF, European Renewable Energy Federation; is a member of EUREC Agency, European Renewable Energy Centres Agency; and Folkecenter staff are members of Danish national committees for Solar Energy; Hydrogen; Wave Energy; Photovoltaics; Rural District Development.
Relevant experiment: Folkecenter has worked with implementation of RE technologies for many years, including wind power. This work has included both the technical aspects, such as development of windmills and windmill components, and the non-technical aspects, such as organisation of users and manufacturers, the creation and upholding of stimulating political and legislative conditions, and general awareness building.
Itself deeply rooted in the Danish folk high-school tradition and a central actor in the Danish informal and organisational RE network, Folkecenter has always been a strong advocate and defender of the concept of windmill cooperatives as the main popular force behind the successful Danish wind power implementation. In fact the combination of the two traditions, the folk high-schools and the cooperative movement, have created a unique environment of common spirit, openness and free exchange of ideas, concepts, and know-how. The Project Leader at Folkecenter is also chairman of a windmill cooperative.
Generally, the non-technical aspects have been pursued mostly as part of the basic activities of Folkecenter, using core funding.




The Danish Organisation for Renewable Energy, OVE is a non-governmental, non-profit association of 3 000 Danish individual and institutional members. OVE was founded in 1975.
Objectives OVE has a strong engagement:
- to influence the development of the Danish and European Energy Policy to be more resource- and environment-conscious especially by facilitating the use of renewable energy.
- to get the people informed of their possibilities to make their own action by installing renewable energy systems in their own homes or institutions in Denmark.
OVE consists of Danish individuals who are active members and users of renewable energy, as well as of groups, high schools, and companies working for renewable energy in Denmark. A special category of the members are the 22 Energy and Environment Offices (http://www.sek.dk/), local popular information centers. In total, OVE has 3000 members. The members are informed through a bimonthly magazine, in several subject-specific meetings, and a web site.

OVE's Activities in Europe (OVE-Europe):
International Networking : OVE plays a significant role in international networking among NGOs. OVE is member of : CNE, Climate Network Europe, a NGO Network with a Secretariat based in Brussels, Belgium (http://www.climatenetwork.org/)
INFORSE, International Network for Sustainable Energy, a NGO network with its International Secretariat based in Denmark and
with 7 Regional Co-ordinators in different continents. (http://www.inforse.org/). OVE is European co-ordinator of INFORSE.
European ECO-forum Pan-European network of NGOs on environment (http://www.eco-forum.org)
OVE-Europe follows the EU's energy policy, participates in the work of the above mentioned international NGO networks and co-ordinates the EU-Forum of Danish NGOs working for Windpower for Western Europe – an INFORSE Proposal for 2000 – 2020.




Axenne is an Independent Consulting Firm specialized in energy, environment and development. Created in 1997, Axenne has extended from the spring 2000 by integrating several associates and currently 6 engineers and economists are working in.
The particularity of Axenne is to systematically integrate in its services technical but also economical, financial and strategic expertise in order to bring genuine, integrated solutions that are projected in a large and
long-lasting development approach.
This unique feature allows Axenne to operate at any step of a study or project, and to work with varied contractors, such as regional authorities, private firms, or institutional actors like EDF (French electricity board), the World Bank, or the French Agency for Development.
Main references
Tradable Green Certificates: Assessment of the French Green Certificates Supply and assessment of the European demand in the perspective of a European Green Certificates Market 2000
Rural Electrification Master Plans (in developing countries): Definition of operational methodologies to build village data for the rural electrification decision maker assistant software
Econometric Modeling: Modeling of the impact of energy prices on the energy demand
Assessment of the French Decentralized Rural Electrification Program
Guide of Decentralized Rural Electrification: (publication) Redaction of the chapter “Tarification”
Biomass related business in France: Resource and market assessment
Waste-related business in France: Assessment of waste treatment energy valorization market
Wind power potential production: Link definition between wind speed and actual electricity production




HWEA is the Hellenic Wind Energy Association.
HWEA has organised successfully the 5th European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition in Thessaloniki in October of 1994. The conferences are organised on a regular basis by national associations belonging to the European Wind Energy Association. The EU through the 12th and 17th GD's sponsored the event.
Also many of HWEA's members in their professional capacity (in PPC, CRES, NTUA, etc.) have participated in numerous EU funded programmes.




Since 1988 " La Société Financière de la NEF " has had for its mission to develop and put into action initiatives leading to the creation of financial tools for socially and environmentally useful projects.
The NEF is a credit company approved by the French banking authority and orientates its actions towards innovation, research and deployment in areas appropriate to its activities. Current membership is more than 5 000 members.
The predominate areas of intervention are:
- The management of savings (primarily Term Deposits)
- The offer and management of short, middle and long term loans for social and environmental projects




ECOSERVEIS was established in 1992 as a non profit organisation for professionals working in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy, impacts of energy and the environment, mostly at the regional and local levels. Information and dissemination activities have always been a part of ECOSERVEIS concern.

Among its members there are engineers that have worked in those fields since 1980. At present personnel of ECOSERVEIS collaborates with several European organisations in EC funded projects and also works for the administration and some private enterprises.

ECOSERVEIS works in the fields of energy efficiency, energy saving, energy impact and the environment assessment of energy managers, proposal of available and most suitable financing forms to implement the correct measures to save energy and development of useful tools to achieve energy savings.

ECOSERVEIS carries out technical studies to promote the use of renewable energies, with the knowledge of their impacts and proposing possible financing forms to implement.

ECOSERVEIS has been the managing agent of BarnaGEL – Barcelona Grup d’Energia Local, the successful local energy agency (SAVE Agency) of the Barcelona Area.

In the area of environment ECOSERVEIS offers the realisation of technical studies about the impact of the energy systems, tools to define sustainable policies and management of pollutants and natural resources.

The activities developed by ECOSERVEIS in the field of education cover a wide range of courses on renewable energies, energy efficiency and sustainability. They are addressed to school children, teachers, unemployed people and general public.

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