GEA – Austria
Graz Energy Agency (GEA) started its operation as a limited company in 1998 with support by the SAVE programme of the EU.
The agency has currently a staff of twelve highly qualified people, their expertise ranging from technical, economic to legal and marketing backgrounds.
The main shareholders are the City of Graz and the Municipal Utility of Graz (Energie Graz GmbH & Co KG) with a small share of the regional heat and gas utility. In the advisory board the chamber of commerce, the chamber of labour and the Energy Commissioner of Styria are, in addition to the shareholders, also represented.
The essential task of Graz Energy Agency is to promote energy efficiency and renewable energies with a special emphasis on innovative energy services (like Third Party Financing, Performance Contracting, energy management, ecological oriented rehabilitation of buildings etc.). GEA is the main institution for implementing the municipal energy policies of the City of Graz and also carrying out several programs for the Styrian regional government. We focus mainly on larger energy consumers like public buildings, companies, residential areas etc.
In the last years GEA got four times the “Energy Professional Award” for innovative ESCO projects, provided by the Federal Minister for Environment and the Austrian Association for Environment and Technology. Furthermore GEA got 2006 the European “Energy Service Award” as best energy service promoter with its Thermoprofit programme.
GEA has been representing the local and regional Austrian Energy Agencies in the ManagEnergy Reflection Group at the European Commission (acting as chairman in 2005) and has therefore profound knowledge of the European energy policy. GEA is very active in European and international projects as co-ordinator and partner. Beside these European activities GEA is the Austrian representative in the Executive Committee of the IEA Demand Side Management programme and has participated in three tasks.
For further information:
Graz Energy Agency