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French Energy Company Dalkia acquires majority share in energy-savings company KES The company has long-term investment plans for the Bulgarian energy sector Aug 22, 2006, Sofia. Dalkia Bulgaria, subsidiary of Dalkia International, purchased 55% of the shares of the energy-saving cooperative company KES Co. Dalkia Bulgaria acquired the shares of former major stakeholder RWE Industrie-Loesungen. The other 45% of the share capital of KES Co. are owned by Stadwerke Leipzig. KES Co. is mainly pursuing various energy and energy-efficiency projects related to building facilities and production. Dalkia will provide its worldwide experience and know-how in the energy sector to KES, which realizes energy savings projects for client such as Sofia Municipality. Dalkia is acquiring the majority share of KES as part of its long-term projections for investments in the Bulgarian market. Dalkia Bulgaria will apply for qualification as a participant in the bidding procedures for privatization of the heating supply companies based in Plovdiv, Dalkia has been working in Central and East-European states, demonstrating the sustainability of its corporate business model in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia. The company provides the installations it operates increased energy performance while streamlining their management. Dalkia ensures operation and maintenance to 146 regional and local heating systems and manages 1 923 energy sites of 9 986 MW power capacity. Dalkia is supplying energy to 866 000 households in the CEEC. The above-mentioned countries take the best advantage of a long-term partner in the French energy supplier that supported them in the process of deregulation of the energy market and facilitated the reconstruction of the major heating supplying companies. Dalkia is a leading European supplier of energy services. Priority fields of the company's activity are the sectors of energy production and conversion, management of energy supplying plants and installations, and the comprehensive management of buildings, among other. The company's focus is on the optimization of variegated energy installation's performance in terms of technical efficiency, cost-effectiveness and environmental issues. In 2005 Dalkia's realized an annual turnover of Euro 6.1 billion and supplies energy services to over 5.1 mln households worldwide. Details about Dalkia: A subsidiary of Veolia Environnement and Electricite de France (EDF), Dalkia International is the leading European provider of energy services to local authorities and businesses. Since its creation, it has focused on energy and environmental optimisation. It meets customer expectations by delivering customised, end-to-end solutions to ensure comfortable living and efficient energy supply, including management of heating systems and energy and industrial fluid production facilities, energy plant engineering and maintenance services, technical services for commercial and industrial building operation, and global facility management services. With more than 47,000 employees in 38 countries, Dalkia reported 2005 managed revenue of €6.1 billion. In the CEEC, Dalkia's turnover for 2005 amounted to 674 million euros, for a total staff of 7 969. Worldwide, Dalkia operates and maintains 650 regional and local heating supply and cooling systems, managing 88.000 energy installations for a total of 81.000 MW power capacity.

The thirty ninth National Assembly passed a Law on energy efficiency. It defines the required minimum of actions and activities aimed at increasing the efficiency of energy usage, which should be implemented by the state management bodies - the ministries, the regional councils, the municipal councils and agencies and the energy consumers. The national policy is to be implemented on the basis of national long-term and short-term programs on energy efficiency adopted by the Council of Ministers. The programs for the various industrial branches, the regions and the municipalities should be developed by the relevant executive power bodies and they should be submitted to the Agency for Energy Efficiency. The Agency should announce the state policy to the wide public in an appropriate way by publishing it in a newsletter issued by it.

The Ministers should develop and implement energy efficiency programs in the areas they are in charge of. The regional governors should develop and implement the execution of regional energy efficiency programs and they should also act as coordinators with regard to the local government authorities.

Energy efficiency assessments and audits are performed on all investment projects for the construction, reconstruction and upgrading of facilities and also on facilities in operation for establishing their energy consumption and their compliance with the energy efficiency requirements.

All construction and reconstruction projects should be subject to energy efficiency assessment as part of their evaluation for compliance with the existing requirements set in the Law on spatial planning (ZUT).

All buildings, state or municipal property, which are in operation and have useful area of over 1000 m2 are subject to certification.

The municipal councils in compliance with the Law on energy efficiency accept energy efficiency programs in accordance with Art. 10, paragraph 4 of the Law on energy efficiency and also programs for:
  1. Rehabilitation of all buildings including those for offices, farming, etc.
  2. Introducing of energy saving outdoor lighting systems in the populated areas and for the buildings.
  3. Switching to the use of other fuels and other energy efficient steps.

The activities related to increasing of the energy efficiency are well justified. Regardless of the size of the populated areas, you inevitably suffer from high energy consumptions and you ask questions like:

Why is your energy consumption so high?
Why do latest technologies never reach you?
Why do you have to put up with these inconveniences, poor lighting, high budget expenses on fuels and yet you still have to believe that 'it is the only possible solution for the time being'?

The implementation of a program for increasing of the energy efficiency that is based on solid technical and economic grounds can substantially relieve the municipal budgets and reduce the expenses of the municipal companies.