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Region Trier, a German “Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Region of Competence”, has been approved as a national 100 RES-Region in 2011. The region has more than 15 years work experience in the realm of developing a sustainable regional energy system focusing equally on energy saving, energy efficiency, and expansion of renewables.

The motivation was creating an alternative to nuclear power and reducing the dependence from oil, gas and coal. Now the overarching goal is to develop from an energy-importing to an energy-exporting region. Already today, the RES-plants in the region generate an energy yield supplying more than 60 % of the regional electricity demand, thereby saving more than 1.2 Mio. tonnes of CO2. If this favorable development continues, the threshold of export energy may be exceeded by 2040. On energy studies 2001 and 2010, the region has adopted a development concept, the ‘Future Strategy Region Trier 2025’, which contains major actions addressing key themes such as energy generation and savings, reduction of GHGs and creating/maintaining added values in the regional energy sector. Since year 2010, ‘Energy Agency Region Trier’ serves as the general platform that in cooperation with the ‘Regional Planning Association’ initiates projects, consults, informs and connects relevant actors – ranging from citizens and communities over private persons and architects to planners, energy consultants and all sorts of other businesses on energy themes. In 2012 a regional public discourse was launched in order to anchor the energy transition in Region Trier on the widest possible democratic consens by numerous workshops, events and internet portals. In 2013 Region Trier gets the 1st rank in the europeen RES Champion League in the category ‘large cities and regions’.   

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

General Details

Timeline: 2040
Contact: Mr. Roland Wernig
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Status Quo

Total energy consumption:
8.2 TWh/a (4.9 TWh/a electricity, 3.3 TWh/a heat) [without transport]
Percentage of RE in the total energy consumption:
61 % (electricity); 11 % (heat)
Value of all economic activities (GDP or equivalent ):
53 400 € (per gainfully employed person)

Project Features

Scope of engagement
yes Local/regional
Quality of the objectives
yes Terminated
Binding effect of the objectives
No information
Energy savings objective
yes Energy Efficiency Target