In June 2018, the City Council has launched a tender for the implementation of Smart Electric Buses (BEI = Bus Eléctrico Inteligente in Spanish) in Vitoria-Gasteiz. The development of this modern and innovative 100% electric transport system in the city has a budget of 44,691,341 Euros (VAT included) and will have a contribution of almost 400,000 Euros by SmartEnCity project to co-finance the charging infrastructure and vehicles.
Read the new SmartEnCity Network article about the kickoff meeting in Sonderborg in regards to their Roadmap 2025 where 76 stakeholders took part that were divided into 8 working groups divided by sectors.
SmartEnCity took part in the Second National Covenant of Mayors for Energy and Climate in Belarus at the end of June, where SmartEnCity project and the network were presented.
The SmartEnCity Network has published it's first newsletter. From now on, "the Bulletin" will appear on a monthly basis and provide information on smart energy transition of cities plus news from the network members. Potential Follower Cities as well as other interested people will receive tailor-made information, ready to be replicated.
Tartu City Government decided to give the Lutsu 16 apartment association a grant of EUR 153,408 for reconstruction of the residential building. Lutsu 16 is also the third building to which the City of Tartu allocated support for reconstruction works as part of the smart city project SmartEnCity.
The second video of Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz is focusing on citizens of demo district Coronación. People are talking about their relationship to the neighbourhood and explaining why they have decided to becoming part of the project here.
The Folkemødet is an annual festival where the Danish citizens can meet with the Danish politicians and engage in debates on various topics. This is a 4-day extensive event where all participants are happy to celebrate democracy and get closer to their politicians, different organisations and all kind of public groups.
“With 753 equivalent dwellings committing themselves to SmartEnCity, the project has received an ultimate support and now moves forward with fresh energy!” announced Vitoria-Gasteiz’ mayor, Gorka Urtaran, in a press conference on May 31, together with the general director of Visesa, Carlos Quindós, the general director of EVE, Iñigo Ansola and the general director of Giroa, Juan Manuel Taracena.
Yet another information evening took place on May 21, 2018 for residents of the housing associations participating in the SmartEnCity project. Interested people were invited to the cosy and calm backyard of the Tiigi 8 building, which is located in the pilot area of Tartu. This was the fifth in the series of pilot area resident information days and nearly one hundred people participated in the event.
Within the final rush and just a few days before the deadline of the adhesion period on May 31, the information office of Coronación District in Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz has reached an astonishing milestone: Dealing with more than one thousand inquiries, this office has really proven to be a highly appreciated contact point, reflecting the high interest of the citizens and the ongoing need for explanations.