Three inspiring conference days in Rennes

Energy Cities’ Annual Conference 2018 was hosted in France by City and Metropolitan Area of Rennes, from 18-20th April. “I am amazed how many different topics and solutions are discussed amongst all those very committed city delegates.”, told us first-time delegate Monica Carcar from Pamplona City Council with sparkling eyes during one of the networking coffee breaks. Indeed, during the three days, the sun was out and so have been city leaders, policy-makers and innovators of all sorts for our Energy Cities’ 2018 Annual Conference. 200 people from around 30 countries had gathered at this magic venue, a retrofitted 14th century monastery topped with an elegant modern glass extension. From the Polish city of Ciechanowiec, close the Belarusian border, to Aradippou in Cyprus, the big and light-flooded large open space was filled with the incredible will and creativity of change-makers from all over Europe. Each energy transitioner has his particular challenges, but in the end, they have similar questions on their mind : How can we transform the energy system so that it becomes beneficial for the largest possible number of people ? What does it need to decentralise production in a secure, participative and transparent manner ? In panels, workshops and during break-out sessions in the city of Rennes, delegates debated ways forward for better sharing responsibilities and benefits.
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Our speakers are thought-leaders, practitioners, first-movers and disruptors in energy matters. We put a particular effort into inviting women to share knowledge and experience.


Energy Cities is the European expert network gathering 1000 cities with the common objective of making the energy transition happen. For almost 30 years now, we have been supporting local attempts to decentralise and democratise our energy system. 
Every year, Energy Cities organises its major conference in one of its member cities to discuss latest developments in local energy policies. Each Annual Conference is a milestone for getting updates on city initiatives, sharing next practices and coordinating policy work towards EU institutions. It is the meeting point for decision-makers and practitioners from public organisations, business, research and civil society.

Who will you meet?

  • City delegates
  • Local agencies
  • Private sector
  • Research
  • NGOs & Civil Society