ANESE (the Spanish Association of Energy Services Companies) is experiencing a slow but steady level of progress in the sector. We, together with our partners, were able to identify this trend during 2014 and hope that the energy services sector will undergo an even greater stimulus in 2015. The figures confirm this, with a significant increase in tenders for public projects and a much-needed expansion in the hotel and industrial sectors in terms of improvements in energy efficiency.
During 2014 we have had to address a range of problems. These include the lack of regulation; the difficulties in achieving financing; the lack of knowledge by some sectors regarding what an energy services company (ESCO) is and what it has to offer; the obstacles hindering the easy access to financial aid for the sector and encroachment. And being realistic, we have to assume that these issues will continue throughout 2015. That apart, as an association that brings together almost 100 ESCOs, ANESE knows that we are growing in strength and that, little by little, we will overcome each and every one of these barriers to achieve maturity and consolidation in the sector.
The progress achieved varies depending on the area of work. As we have already mentioned, there is a growing volume of public tenders following the energy services model, above all, as regards change and improvement in street lighting. The need to adjust budgets and achieve savings in the short- and medium-term, perfectly fits into the model for guaranteed savings, something that has brought about the rapid penetration of the ESCOs in this field. What the association would now like is to go one step further in 2015 and ensure that the Public Administration extends the tenders on a general basis to other levels, such as the renovation of buildings or temperature control. That this does not simply touch the surface but permeates all levels, as the energy saving that can be achieved is very significant in the medium- and long-term.
Manager of ANESE
Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2015