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Regional and urban energy planning

The Commission of the European Communities invites proposals from public or semi-public bodies including industrial or commercial public undertakings concerning regional and urban energy planning in the Community.

The main objective of Community action in this area is to improve energy management, particularly by making the most of local resources, improving energy efficiency and seeking optimum energy supply conditions for regions and urban areas, thereby contributing to their development.

Activities eligible for support and priorities in 1993 are as follows:

- II.1. Regional or urban planning studies which include in their entirety: Energy inventories, analysis and audits; medium- and long-term forecasts and energy strategy options; a commitment to disseminating the results as widely as possible in the Community. Studies must involve regions, towns or cities which have not yet carried out such studies and combine for cooperation and exchange to form an association covering over 100,000 inhabitants).

- II.2. Feasibility studies on practical projects covering the technical, economic, financial, legal, institutional and other matters to be dealt with prior to energy investment. These studies must be implemented as part of regional or urban energy plans which may lead to the implementation of dissemination projects as defined in the THERMIE programme.

- II.3. Assistance in setting up local and regional development and advisory teams on the basis of proposals containing a specific work programme for a minimum of three years and a forward financial plan for the same length of time. Such work will concern only public or semi-public bodies covering a region or local administrative area which does not yet have the above-mentioned type of team.

The Commission is able to grant up to a maximum of 40% of total costs (to ECU 100,000) in support of selected proposals, except in the case of joint projects submitted by two or more regions, towns or cities in different Member States.

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