The 28th of March, the Plenary of Viladecans City Council agreed on initial approval of the bylaws of the Vilawatt consortium, its establishment and its economic report, one of the steps needed for the development of the local energy company. The plenary’s approval confirms the signing of the agreement to create the consortium on the 7th of March by the City Council and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.
The newly-created consortium thus becomes one of the tools in the city’s kit to help it deal with the energy transition process in the city by creating new formulas that combine traditional schemes with innovative models of energy contracting. The creation of the Vilawatt consortium marks the culmination of the administrative process, and soon the new energy operator will be formally established in the guise of a consortium made up of a partnership of public and private entities and citizens who wish to access it via associations.
These entities will comprise the body that will drive the city’s energy transition by integrating and managing the four strands of Vilawatt: the energy supply, citizen energy empowerment through advice and training, the rehabilitation of buildings – based on the first three specific examples, the retrofitted buildings, and the launch of a new local currency associated with energy savings.
The consortium management
The Vilawatt consortium will coordinate, among other duties, its members’ actions in exercising their competences applied to the Vilawatt project, especially in fostering energy rehabilitation actions. The consortium will solicit, receive and process subsidies on energy efficiency matters and promoting the production of renewable energy. It will manage the energy currency to capitalise on users’ energy savings to reinvest in rehabilitation and/or other measures that are part of the consortium’s activities and to promote local commerce.
The Vilawatt consortium will be in charge of the energy supply through its members’ and associates’ aggregate purchasing of energy in the market (electric and gas supply), most of which will be generated by green and/or renewable energy and/or other formulas that also fulfil the consortium’s mission.
It will promote the culture of energy savings with learning activities related to the new energy culture and the implementation of energy renovation projects in buildings. It will track energy transition indicators while maintaining an information system, and it will be in charge of training qualified professionals in the field of energy rehabilitation.