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SECURE  =  Smarter Energy Communities in Northern & Arctic Regions
Transferring & implementing innovative energy solutions for housing & public infrastructure across NPA regions

Project Status:
Live Project
Project Leader:
Funding Programme:
Northern Periphery and Artic Programme 2014-2020
Project Budget:
€1,842,591
Start Date:
May, 2016
Finish Date:
Apr, 2019
The aim of the project is to:

Transfer and implement innovative energy solutions for housing and public infrastructure across NPA regions with different maturity-levels.

Specific objectives are to:
  • Use transnational cooperation between higher and lower maturity regions to increase awareness of the technologies (including ICTs) and solutions for energy efficiency and renewables.
RegionOrganisation / Role
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom
Derry City and Strabane District Council
Responsible for implementing energy services in Derry & Strabane district
Donegal
Ireland
Donegal County Council
Responsible for implementing energy services in County Donegal
Donegal
Ireland
ERNACT
Lead Partner providing project management and communication support
Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
Umhvørvisstovan (Environment Agency)
Responsible for implementing energy services in Faroe Islands
North Karelia
Finland
Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Providing energy efficiency and renewables expertise to project partners
Nova Scotia
Canada
Ecology Action Centre
Providing energy efficiency and renewables expertise to project partners
Västernorrlands
Sweden
Association of Local Authorities in Västernorrland
Responsible for implementing energy services in Västernorrland
The common territorial challenges tackled are the high cost and lack of competition in supplying power due to peripherality, low population densities, cold climate, high relative proportion of income spent on fuel and need to realise potential of renewable resources.

SECURE spans 7 regions - with a mix of maturity levels, climatic backgrounds and solutions - distributed across the 3 NPA zones including Faroe and Atlantic Canada. The partnership comprises 8 organisations, with complementary expertise and competence in housing and public infrastructure.

The main objective is to use transnational cooperation between higher and lower maturity regions to increase awareness of the technologies (including ICTs) and solutions for energy efficiency and renewables. The main change (result) will be increased energy awareness in communities and local authorities, evidenced by the following outputs: 5 Smarter Energy Communities, 15 energy solutions applied which retrofit 24 houses, increase efficiency by 5% in 3 buildings and install alternative energy sources in 3 public infrastructures.

The approach is novel because it packages solutions from energy higher maturity regions as services for delivery to other parts of the NPA, promotes sustainability by building up local authority expertise, concentrates initial effort in small communities to increase impact, and brings all stakeholder together using a quadruple-helix approach.





CORE ERNACT REGIONS
Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada
South Ostrobothnia
Finland
Donegal
Ireland
West Romania
Romania
Banat
Serbia
Cantabria
Spain
San Sebastián
Spain
Västernorrlands
Sweden
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom