Local Agency for Energy of Spofnje Podravje (Slovenia)

Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (LEA SP) is one of 8 Local Energy Agencies in Slovenia and one of  380 energy agencies throughout Europe.
Local and Regional Energy Agencies (LEAs) support the introduction of good energy management practices, advocate the concept of sustainability, provide information and guidance regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and offer a number of other local services based on specific local energy needs. They operate impartially on both energy demand and supply issues.
Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje was established to perform development and specialised tasks in public interest and it is established as the non-profit organization.  Agency performs following activities:

  • development, research, training, promotion of the energy efficiency and introduction of the renewable energy sources in the region in order to maximise the self-supply of energy and to strengthen the well-being the inhabitants of Spodnje Podravje;
  • integration the experts and institutions and co-operation establishing in the field of research, development and training and supporting the new technologies and processes;
  • enhancing the sustainable use of energy;
  • creation and execution of the research, development and training programmes, which are important for the enhancing of the sustainable energy development from the technical, social, economical, scientific and cultural point of view;
  • transfer of the knowledge, know-how and technologies to practice and development of the innovative approaches;
  • preserving and protection of the environment;
  • publishing for the scientific and educational purposes.

The agency aims to become the local energy manager influencing on the energy consumption, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources at the local scale. Strong cooperation is to be established between other Slovenian LEAs, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and Ministry of Economy. Agency aims to strong influence on energy investment and control those investments in order to assure the maximum part of the renewable energy sources and energy efficiency to be implemented.