The Energy Performance Contracting Plus (EPC+) project will finish in March 2018. The project´s aim was to promote the implementation of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) in Small to Medium-sized enterprises (SME) of the private sector; a sector which has not experienced significant success in this sort of contracting and financing schemes, unlike the public sector in many of the EU countries. The main reasons for this limited success include the facts that the transaction cost for procuring these energy services and for preparing the complex EPC contracts is too high.
The EPC+ project team, based on their experiences with EPC in each of their countries, has therefore developed a common business model (the EPC+ model) which may assist in overcoming these barriers. This includes: the development and establishment of SME Partnerships for the provision of energy services. Through cooperation, innovative energy efficiency services (EES) can be offered. Cooperation enables SMEs to offer novel and high quality energy services which they could not provide as stand-alone companies. Such services are serious alternatives to standard energy efficiency services provided by large energy service companies (ESCOs) and may provide promising opportunities in terms of innovation and services.
The concept of SPINs is an innovative idea but not yet developed in most European countries. As such there is little distributed knowledge about how to initiate, set up and manage these clusters successfully. While the benefits of SPINs are clear, the creation of a SPIN is a difficult process. SMEs will not engage in collaboration unless their strong feelings of Need, Trust, and Control are addressed.
The full end report of the EPC+ project may be accessed via this link.