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FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

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At the start of December, we presented the new corporate image of ANESE. This change has arisen as a result of the fact that the energy sector is currently undergoing an interesting period, which ANESE believes is the ideal time to promote and position the Energy Services Model. We find ourselves facing a regulatory situation propitious for energy services companies (ESCOs), who can access technologies and tools that will help them to offer their end clients integrated services in any sector, whether industrial, tertiary or residential. Hence our support of a change in corporate image, accompanied by updating our objectives. All this is in line with the new market situation and our aim to turn our organisation into the association of reference on sustainability. Over the coming weeks, the different communication mediums used by ANESE will be adapted to this new image…By Elena González, Elena González, Director of ANESE, the Spanish Association of Energy Services Companies.

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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.

Elena González
Manager of ANESE

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2015

The world of energy services companies has undergone a significant stimulus in Spain in recent years due to different factors such as European directives, the 20-20-20 target and the need for many companies to find ways of maximising their competitiveness in times of crisis. While in other countries such as Germany, Canada and the US, this type of business has enjoyed a longer and more stable trajectory, Spain still needs to see greater development and wider knowledge of what the energy services companies can bring to the table.

The first of the objectives of ANESE (the Spanish Association of Energy Services Companies), as an association, is that the market has a clear idea of what an energy services company is and what it offers. The main characteristics of an ESCO (Energy Services Company) are that it provides its client with a guaranteed energy saving and contractually undertakes to achieve the expected saving.

In addition to and in order to comply with this commitment, the responsibility of the ESCO goes much further as it has to supervise, monitor and manage all the measures taken for saving and energy efficiency. Its premise is to maintain and improve its client’s comfort.

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2014

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