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What is LSEP (Local Sustainable Energy Planning)?
  Relation between LSEP and municipal/regional programs for energy efficiency
  LSEP objectives
  The obstacles
  The benefits
  LSEP and RES & EE
  LSEP methodology
  LSEP training

The limited municipal budgets , constant changes of the main fuel and energy prices , has raised the interest of the municipal and regional authorities in application of Energy Efficiency ( EE ) measures and utilization of Renewable Energy Resources ( RES ) . In most cases the implementation of EE projects is related with the application of well know technical solutions and the identified barriers are related mainly lack financial resources. On the other hand this is not the case with the utilization of the local renewable energy resources. In this respect one of the main tasks of Local Sustainable Energy Planning (LSEP), in line with the application of EE measures, is to provide the municipal authorities with the necessary instruments to support them independently to fulfill their tasks, related with the utilization of the local renewable energy resources.

What is LSEP (Local Sustinable Energy Planning)?

Local Sustainable Energy Planning ( LSEP ) is an up - to - date and practically orientated concept for organization of the municipal and regional activities in the energy field. Special attention is paid to the local priorities and opportunities, especially the utilization of the local renewable energy resources (hydro resource, biomass, geothermal energy, solar energy and wind energy) and application of energy efficiency measures. Thus defined, energy planning follows ascending course from the specific case towards larger communities and objectives and is in line with the competitive market. LSEP should be treated as an integral part of the municipal plans for sustainable development and regional development programs.

LSEP provides an opportunity for selection of economically feasible local energy projects. The successful implementation of these types of projects is related with a number of benefits for the specific local community, including: attraction of investments, employment, improvement of infrastructure and environment. Special attention should be paid to the possibilities of improving the social conditions, especially in the field of education and health.

Web site of LSEP in Bulgaria: http://www.esdb.bg/lsep


Relation between LSEP and the regional/municipal programs for energy efficiency


LSEP is a combination of short, mid and long term measures, activities and actions, related with the rational management of energy and energy resources on municipal and regional levels.

The municipal/regional programs for energy efficiency are part of LSEP. They are set in the short term EE activities and measures in the energy plan matrix.

The development of LSEP and the municipal/regional energy efficiency programs are based of the following principles:

  • Energy is the instrument for development of one society, not a consequence of its development;
  • LSEP and the municipal/regional EE programs is a continues process. The plan and the program requires annual update of information;
  • LSEP and the municipal/regional EE programs reflect the interests and the problems of all the social groups and sectors of economy of the community: local authorities, producers and representatives of the service sector, financial institutions, NGOs, others;
  • Describe the specific current situation and the barriers for the municipal/regional authorities for the implementation of EE projects (LSEP includes implementation of RES projects on the territory of the municipality/region);
  • Reflects the total energy consumption in the municipality/region , clarifying the structure of energy consumption by sectors and types of fuel/energy. Local sustainable energy planning identified the possibilities for the implementation of RES and EE short term (up to 2 years), mid term (from 2 to 5 years) and long term (over 5 years) projects. The municipal/regional programs reflect only the short term activities and measures related with EE;
  • Reflected are the priority fields in each municipality, while describing the possibilities for their implementation;

LSEP objectives

  • To support the sustainable development of the municipalities and regions in the Republic of Bulgaria, through ENERGY planning and management:
    • introduction of Energy Efficiency measures;
    • planning and management of energy consumption;
  • Reduce the costs of energy consumption and energy dependency
    • utilization of the local potential of renewable energy resources;
    • energy saving measures;
    • supply of cheaper energy carriers;
  • Attraction of local and foreign capital/investments for the implementation of investment projects in the sphere of energy saving technologies and RES;
  • Improve the environment;
  • Improve the social and economic conditions in the municipality/region;

Main problems, related with LSEP and Municipal/Regional EE Programs


The most common barriers are:

  • Lack of qualified experts in the field of RES and EE;

  • Lack of reliable , and often any information on the potential of renewable energy potential and energy consumption in the municipality/region;

  • Lack of knowledge on the Renewable Energy Technologies and EE measures applicable on local level;

  • Existing legislation;

  • Lack of financial resources for the implementation of RES and EE projects;

The benefits  

LSEP and the municipal/regional EE programs provide new opportunities for the Bulgarian municipal and regional authorities:

  • From passive to become active participants in solving their energy problems including the local RES potential and energy saving measures through application of EE measures;
  • To obtain skills, knowledge and experience in energy planning and to reduce their costs, related with the assessment, selection of technologies and preparation of investment RES and EE projects;
  • To establish data base for the local renewable energy without external support;
  • The establishment of data base for the local renewable energy resource will help establishment data base on the RES potential in Bulgaria;
  • Contribution to the development of local economy;
  • Contribution to the preservation of environment;



LSEP and RES & EE  

LSEP is based on the developed and for a period of 3 years tested in practice methodology. On the basis of this methodology the consultants from ESD-Bulgaria and ESD Ltd. UK developed LSEP Guideline. Special attention is paid in the LSEP Guideline on the implementation of investment RES projects and the supporting activities. The main objectives, set by the experts of ESD-Bulgaria, is to develop a methodology, which will provide the local authorities with a user friendly tool for solving large part of the tasks related with RES and EE, specifically:

  • Form a clear picture for the available RES potential;
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  • Knowledge on the RET and fields of application;
  • Criteria for selection of short, medium and long term investment RES and EE projects;
LSEP methodology




The Local Sustainable Energy Planning (LSEP) Methodology is developed by the consultants from the ESD-Bulgaria Ltd. and ESD Ltd. UK under the DFID funded project capacity building project completed in March 2003. The Methodology has been used as a training tool during the implementation of the next phase of the project LSEP: Planning for Sustainable Communities in Bulgaria .

This methodology describes in detail all the steps for the development of the Sustainable Energy Plan.


"LSEP Guidance gives answers of the different questions as:

  • How to collect the data;
  • What are the main methods for assessment of teorethical potential of RES and practical examples;
  • What are the existing RE technologies and which of them are applicable in specific situation;
  • Criterions for selection of RES investment projects;
  • How to develop investment project proposals;

*** LSEP guidance is printed on CD.


Six Local sustainable Energy Plans in six Municipalities (Sapareva Bania, Kocherinovo, Kustendil, Silistra, Velingrad, Teteven) have been developed for the period of 2000-2003. Theoretical potential of local RES and local energy demand structure have been assessed. On the base of the assessment 27 RES and EE investment projects have been selected. Most of them are already implemented.

Training LSEP course has been organized in Sapareva Bania, Kocherinovo, Kustendil, Sislistra, Velingrad and Teteven Municipalities. Currently Municipalities have trained LSEP experts and special software for strategic assessment of energy demand and energy utilization of national and local level.

For more information about LSEP in mentioned above municipalities, please click here: http://www.esdb.bg/lsep/proekti.html

LSEP training course  

The training has been organized as a combination of lectures and exercises (5 days) on site i. e. full support on the part of our experts , during the initial development of the local plan and the respective energy studies and analysis for a period of 10 working days.

The training is based on a specially develop LSEP methodology (including municipal/regional EE program), whereas the user's guideline is provided to all the trainees on CD. The guideline is intended for a wide range of consumers. Following the recommendations, the stakeholders could easily develop their own energy plan and develop their municipal/regional EE program. Consulting services will be required only when specific renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are selected.

The methodology is related with the application of software for detailed analysis of the economic potential and prognosis on the market penetration of the different types of technologies computer model SAFIRE, developed by ESD Ltd. UK in cooperation with ESD-Bulgaria under EC funded project. The software is specially adjusted to the type of the preliminary information, which can be collected in the Bulgarian communities and provides opportunities the analysis to be based on actual and provisioned energy prices and costs.

LSEP (including the municipal/regional energy efficiency program) has been successfully applied in several Bulgarian municipalities: Kustendil, Sapareva Bania, Kocherinovo, Velingrad, Teteven and Silistra.

The newly adopted Energy Efficiency Law defines the responsibilities of the mayors for data collection and action plans in the sphere of energy (Art .6). The suggested LSEP training provides you with the opportunity to turn this obligation into your advantage.

"ESD-Bulgaria" organizes LSEP training courses, providing the trainees with all the necessary documents and guidelines.

Certificates will be issued to the trainees who have successful passed the sustainable energy planning training course.

You can find more information on the following web site: http://www.esdb.bg/lsep/obuchenie.html



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