Plug Energy Efficiency First In

November 2023 - December 2026

The energy efficiency first (EE1st) principle is defined and endorsed in EU legislation. The purpose of EE1st is to consider the demand-side resources, such as energy efficiency and demand-response as the other types of energy resources for energy planning, investment, and policy. However, the previous evaluations of the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) and similar projects, such as ENEFIRST shows that implementing the EE1st is easier said than done.

Therefore, the ENEFIRST+ project will support the key stakeholders to complement the existing resources (from European commissions, ENEFIRST and other projects) for investment in energy infrastructure, energy planning, and designing incentives. Through this project, new practical guidelines and “real-life examples” will be provided on implementing the EE1st principle. In addition, ENEFIRST+ pursues to test the resources for 8 “real-life” cases in 4 countries and extend the outcomes to 27 Member States. Building capacity and stakeholders’ engagement through learning cycles are one of the core components of ENEFIRST+ which results in a community of practice. Furthermore, one stopshops will be developed to provide the most relevant information and resources about EE1st in a single place.

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