Intelligent Energy Europe
The Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) programme was run by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) on behalf of the European Commission, and seeks to bridge the gap between EU policies and how they impact on the ground. IEE:
- foster energy efficiency and the rational use of energy resources
- promote new and renewable energy sources and to support the diversification of energy sources
- promote energy efficiency and the use of new and renewable energy sources in transport such as biofuels.
The 2007-2013 IEE programme formed part of the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). Its global budget of 730 million Euro is used to support European projects under annual calls for project proposals. Funding covers up to 75 percent of the eligible project costs. End of 2009, the EACI managed more than 450 IEE projects and the establishment of 60 new local or regional energy agencies has been supported by the programme. IEE-funded initiatives also include the ManagEnergy Initiative and the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign.