The new online platform, available free of charge to Bulgarian municipalities and provided by EcoEnergy, is an excellent tool whose usefulness has been proven by the success of the pilot municipalities in attracting funding and participating in international projects. The use of such instruments is increasingly becoming a requirement for participation in various funding programmes.
Technical assistance is needed for the collection and processing of data by municipal energy managers, which could also be facilitated through cooperation with the energy suppliers.
These changes are necessitated not only by the EU’s penal procedures, but by the objective need and market interest in such solutions, which are seen as crucial to tackling the rise in energy prices. Following the introduction of appropriate legislation in Greece, more than 1000 energy cooperatives have started operating in the past 3 years.
There are a number of undervalued areas that are not at the forefront of the public domain but have great potential. These are, for example, owners’ associations in the implementation of energy efficiency projects in residential buildings, which hold a number of unexplored opportunities, as well as the connection of photovoltaic installations with electromobility systems.
Monitoring and verification of results are essential elements for the implementation of future policies to create energy cooperatives in the country.
There are already a number of similar proposals from academia and the NGO sector for a definition of energy poverty to be used for preferential funding for vulnerable households to participate in renovation programmes.
A number of opinion polls show that there is interest in building renovation even on a self-financing basis, but the necessary financial mechanisms need to be provided and the communication campaign efforts need to be significantly stepped up.
There is a need for quality assurance of materials and implementation of energy efficiency programmes as well as transparency of procedures throughout the whole renovation process.