Although the term of "energy services" may sound too broad and vague when first heard, thanks to Act 406/2000 Coll. on energy management, its meaning is precisely defined in the Czech legal environment:
These are all activities designed to make energy consumption savings, inter alia by installing energy efficient technologies, i.e. verifiable and measurable increase energy efficiency.
All over the World it´s named Energy Performance Contracting (EPC).
The EPC method is legally defined in the Czech Republic by Act No. 406/2000 Coll. on energy management. It also includes definitions of key concepts:
Energy service (note: with a guaranteed result) means activities the purpose of which is to provide a verifiable and measurable or computerised increase in energy efficiency or to save energy consumption by means of energy efficient technologies or by operating activity, maintenance or inspection.
The Agreement on Energy Services means a contractual arrangement between the beneficiary and the energy service provider on energy efficiency improvement measures verified and checked throughout the duration of a contractual obligation where the cost of this measure is paid in relation to a contractually determined rate of increase in energy use efficiency or another agreed energy efficiency criterion, for example financial savings.
Energy Services Company means an individual or legal person supplying energy services or other measures to increase the energy efficiency of end-user equipment or within their building.
Act No. 406/2000 also regulates the standard contract requirements for energy services and certifications. When using energy services from the contracting authority, it’s necessary to strictly adhere to Act No. 134/2016 Coll. on Public Procurement, which defines the tender procedure and methodology in the provision of energy services.
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Each EPC project is a combination of a set of investment energy-saving measures and energy management.
It’s always designed in a way that allows the customer to pay all the investments and other related costs in a period known in advanced from the savings generated by the project. The amount of savings is guaranteed by contract and is demonstrable through the use of energy management.
The standard is the delivery of investment saving measures on instalments. In this case, the customer is provided with a guarantee that the interim instalments will not be higher than the ongoing savings.
EPC has a number of other benefits:
Typical clients of energy services with a guarantee are state institutions and organisations, regions, cities, towns and municipalities and their contributory organisations, as well as industrial enterprises.
Metoda EPC je v České republice využívána již více než 20 let. Za tu dobu bylo realizováno právě 220 EPC projektů, které ušetřily téměř 3,3 mld korun na energiích. Seznamte se s těmi nejúspěšnějšími:
Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) are not universally usable for the reconstruction of energy facilities in any kind of building. In general, an appropriate potential for future savings arises in building where annual energy consumption exceeds 4 000 EUR.
In the Czech Republic there are 10 companies actively providing energy services with a guaranteed result and two dozen companies offer specialised consultancy services. Meet the most important players in the EPC market
It’s a set of values and principles that are considered essential for the successful implementation of EPC projects in European countries. It was created in order to represent the EPC as a reliable business model involving the provision of energy services
The Code is a voluntary commitment and is not legally binding.
Currently, the document has been signed by more than 260 entities from all over Europe, 65% of APES members are signed under the Ethic Code in the Czech Republic.
The European Code of Conduct for EPC contains 9 main principles for the implementation of EPC projects:
Full text of The Code you cann find here.