Held in Verona, Italy, the Energie-Cités seminar showcased innovative projects from around the EU. According to Mariàngels Pérez Latorre of the European Commission's energy directorate, who spoke at the seminar, "prospects for market penetration [of renewables] are the highest...in urban areas," despite being considered a rural form of energy until relatively recently.
There are several reasons for the shift in focus, she said. On a technical level, urban areas consume more energy and their buildings can incorporate more passive and active solar designs. Politically, local authorities tend to have more autonomy in cities and can thus cut red tape in introducing schemes.
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