On 9th February 2009, in Charlemagne Building in Brussels, during the European Sustainable Energy Week, the first edition of MODEL Awards Competition has been organised. 

The MODEL Award recognizes the European municipalities from the New Member States and Croatia for their exceptional achievement in the field of local energy management and communication with local actors. 42 MODEL pilot cities from all New Member States municipalities were invited to participate.

The competition was open in 2 categories:

  • The best Energy Manager/Unit,
  • The best Municipal Intelligent Energy Days

As a result the jury has decided to award:

  • Two cities in the category of the "Best Energy Management Unit" (9 applications received):
    • 1st prize for the City of Koprivnice (CZ)
    • 2nd prize for the city of Velenje (SI)
  • Four cities in the category of the "Best Municipal Intelligent Energy Days" (21 applications received, among them 4 from Polish cities: Bielawa, Dzierżoniów, Nowa Dęba i Gorlice):
    • 1st prize for the city of Lom (BG)
    • 2nd prize for the city of Brasov (RO)
    • 3rd prize for the city Baia Mare (RO)
    • 4th prize for the city of Valka (LV)

Furthermore, the jury has also decided to create a special award category for the "Best Pilot City 2008" in order to reward the city of Gabrovo (BG) and thus highlight its overall excellent work achieved so far in both categories where Gabrovo appeared to have the highest rank.

More information: http://www.energymodel.eu/spip.php?rubrique17