Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Energy Management Local Agency (ALGE-LPGC)
ALGE –LPGC is an autonomous public body under the authority of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council. It was founded in 2007 within the framework of the CIP- Intelligent Energy Europe Programme managed by the European Commission.
The main objective of this Programme was to promote initiatives for the improvement of citizen’s life conditions based on a more rational and smart system in the use of energy.
ALGE –LPGC is part of the Association of Spanish Agencies for Energy Management -ENERAGEN.
Mission, general objective and tasks
We are an energy planning and managing tool at municipal level whose purpose is to promote energy saving & efficiency and the deployment of renewable energies, favoring the development of a more sustainable energy model from the local level.
Our main objective
ALGE-LPGC’s general objective is to encourage the development and implementation of a more sustainable energy model from a local context: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria municipality
- Awareness-raising amongst local authorities, companies and citizens regarding the lack of energy resources and the need of a rational use of energy compatible with economy and environmental aspects
- Promotion of the use of energy coming from renewable sources
- Implementation of saving policies and actions and encouragement of energy efficiency
- Boosting and coordinating energy management in municipal premises
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the biggest city of the Canary Islands and the 9th in Spain considering population in 2016 (pop 378.998). It is a major transport hub of the Mid-Atlantic Region with a 10.500.000 passengers’ airport at a distance of 20 km from the city center and the most important port in this area of the Atlantic inside the city boundaries. Moreover, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a tourist spot for around 2 million visitors per year. Those figures allow Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to have direct connections with around 200 destinations throughout the world, including almost all NUTS in Western Europe and African countries such as Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal or Cape Verde.
Energy efficiency and the transformation of an energy consumption model – nowadays based mostly on fossil fuels- into a smart and environmental friendly one are key issues for the city.
Added value for European partnerships
Connectivity, location and critical-mass are some huge advantages for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to be considered as a partner in any project.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria offers too its condition of capital city of the Canary Islands Region, where all the main public institutions, first class research centers and private companies are located. Thus, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has a potential to involve in any project a number of relevant stakeholders, most of them, with experience in international cooperation/ European projects management.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council has a very relevant expertise managing European Funds and implementing projects. ALGE –LPGC as an Agency of the City Council may contribute to the success of any partnership/consortia both at the stage of a funding proposal or during the implementation of a project already funded.
Please, learn more about Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and ALGE-LPGC:
Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
We are part of the European initiative Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy with the aim of implementing in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria the climate and energy objectives of the EU.
The Covenant consists of the commitment of signatory municipalities to go beyond EU objectives for reducing CO2 emissions through energy efficiency measures, actions related to renewable energy sources and sustainable mobility.
European Union Sustainable Energy Week
The European Union Sustainable Week (EUSEW) is an international event seeking to make society aware of the importance of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies. The Energy Days are the key events of the EUSEW to reach the local, regional and State levels throughout Europe.
ALGE-LPGC celebrates actively the EUSEW organizing conferences open to the public in collaboration with relevant stakeholders such as the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Considering that the future is part of a present commitment, during the event we have involved other institutions, including schools in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Integrated & Sustainable Urban Development Strategy 2017 -2023
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council has been awarded with an ERDF grant of 14.985.495 euro (85% EU funds) for a total investment of 17.629.995 euros to implement an Integrated & Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (EDUSI, in Spanish) for the city.
At the end of the implementation of this strategy in the year 2023, among other objectives Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will have to achieve:
- A substantial reduction in greenhouse house emissions through the improvement of efficiency in public premises energy consumptions and the use of a more environmentally- friendly public transport in the city, accompanied by a substantial cut in the use of private vehicles in the city
- A general increase of the use of energy coming from renewable sources
- An integrated smart management of the city public services
- Improvement of citizen’s life quality through new housing policies including those considering energy efficiency
Metroguagua (Bus Rapid Transit System)
February 2017 has been a major milestone in the history of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the signature of a 50 million Euro loan with the European Bank of Investment. That loan plus an additional local investment of around 60 million Euros will contribute to increase the capacity and improve the quality of service of the bus network in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The project contributes to a sustainable transport and climate change mitigation, in line with the EIB’s transport lending policy and the EU’s and EIB’s objectives on climate action.
Metroguagua (as it is locally known this brand new Bus Rapid Transit System) will mean a new bus fleet and a segregated 11 km bus rapid lane in the municipality of Las Palmas, the capital of the island of Gran Canaria, in Spain. Massive energy consumption savings are expected thanks to this initiative
LPA Blue intelligence
LPA ‘Blue Intelligence’ is composed by 11 actions with a direct impact in the citizen’s quality of life, on local economy, Public Administration services and the environment. With a budget of 7.974.360€ (70% equivalent to 5.582.052€ awarded by the Spanish State considering the relevance of this project) its final results will imply:
- An estimated annual savings in fuel consumption of 43,33€ per private & public vehicle based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- A cut in administrative and printing costs of around 10 million Euros regarding public transport cards
- A 30% reduction in water consumption for irrigation purposes in municipal parks and gardens
- 11% less in expenses related to selective collection of waste
Actions integrated in LPA Blue Intelligence are:
- Smart City Platform
- Citizen CRM
- Smart payment in public transportation
- Smart management of parking spaces in Surface
- Prioritization of the public collective urban transport system
- Smart beach score card
- Fleet managing system
- Parks and gardens smart management
- Sewage network smart management
- IT infrastructure for the city council