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Exercising influence – in South Tyrol, Rome and in Europe

SEV represents the interests of its members. This lobbying works: in spring 2013 SEV presented its energy concept (“The Second Way”) to promote “co-operation instead of confrontation” in South Tyrol. One year later the provincial administration set up (as SEV had been requesting for years) an “energy panel” where representatives of SEV could meet on an equal footing with decision-makers from the local energy sector.

Practical work and concept development: SEV holds talks with the government and deputies in Rome. International networks are indispensable in the energy sector. In May 2014, therefore, SEV joined the European Association of Independent Electricity and Gas Distribution Companies (GEODE). The GEODE Federation covers 1,200 energy suppliers in 13 different countries, serving 100 million customers.

SEV of course also represents district heating plant operators. SEV is a member of
FIPER, the Italian Federation of Renewable Energy Producers (Federazione italiana produttori di energia da fonti rinnovabili), with Hanspeter Fuchs of SEV serving as deputy chairman. There is more: as a member of AEBIOM (the European Biomass Association) located in the EU capital Brussels, SEV works for the interests of its members.
A voice that is heard
 
EVME
GEODE
FIPER
RESCOOP 20-20-20
AEBIOM
 
 
SEV has a capable voice that is heard well beyond regional boundaries and has since its inception taken part in decision-making at European level, including as a member of the European Association of Medium-Sized Energy Companies (EVME),
founded in 2008. In spring 2014 Rudi Rienzner, Managing Director of the South Tyrol Energy Association, was appointed a “mentor” of the pan-European REScoop 20-20-20 project (REScoop = Renewable Energy Sources COOPerative).

REScoop 20-20-20 has since 2012 been bringing together enterprises, research institutions and associations. The project aims to promote the co-operative use of renewable energy in Europe and enable cross-border exchanges of know-how. In future there will be 30 “mentors” to support and advise on pilot projects. The South Tyrol Energy Association has thus once again been recognised in the European context as a leading “pioneer” co-operative.
 
 
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