Between October 9-13, 2023, an exchange of experience on renewable energy organized by the Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association in partnership with the organization Vista Analyze AS took place in Oslo, Norway. The exchange of experience included theoretical sessions but also field visits to present examples of good practices in the field of renewable energy. During the theoretical sessions, aspects regarding renewable energy sources, energy security, good practices from Norway and Europe, financing possibilities for renewable energy projects were presented and discussed. Among the good practices presented during the field visits are: Deichman Bjørvika public library – an ambitious project of the city of Oslo in the field of renewable energy; the Vulkan building – the first office building in Norway with energy class A; and the VEAS station – Norway’s largest wastewater treatment plant that also includes a biogas plant.

The delegation that participated in the exchange of experience included: Mr. Pataki Csaba – President of the Satu Mare County Council and of the A.D.I. Satu Mare County, Mrs. Fedorca Aurelia – Mayor of the City of Negresti-Oaș, Mrs. Sobius Mariana-Monica – Mayor of Tarna Mare Municipality, Mr. Duma Ovidiu-Marius – Mayor of Ardud City, Mr. Seer Iuliu – Deputy Mayor of Livada City, Mr. Ciurdaș Traian – Mayor of Bârsău Municipality, Mr. Găman Mihai – Mayor of Dorolț Municipality, Mr. Schupler Tiberiu – Mayor of Urziceni Municipality, Mrs. Lașan Nicoleta – executive director A.D.I. Satu Mare County and Mr. Dancu Paul – project manager A.D.I. Satu Mare County. The host of the exchange of experience was the organization Vista Analyze AS from Norway, a partner in the project.

The exchange of experience was organized within the RENEWSM project, a project financed with the support of grants awarded by Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway through the EEA financial mechanism 2014-2021, within the “Romanian Energy Program”, the amount of the grant awarded is 138,000 Euros. The main objective of the RENEWSM project is to strengthen knowledge and increase the level of awareness of the population of Satu Mare County regarding renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy security.

The project has an implementation duration of 12 months, and is implemented by the Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association in partnership with the organization Vista Analyze AS from Norway.The main activities of the project consist of: the preparation of a report on the potential of Satu Mare County in terms of renewable energy, the organization of a public campaign and training for 40 people, the organization of an exchange of experience in Norway and a final conference of the project. The project has a total value of 163,205 Euros, of which 138,724 Euros represent funding from the EEA Grants.

Note: The EEA grants represent the contribution of the states of Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway for a greener, more competitive, and more inclusive Europe. There are two major objectives: reducing economic and social disparities in Europe and strengthening bilateral relations between donor states and the 15 EU states in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The 3 donor states cooperate closely with the EU within the framework of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Donor states provided 3.3 billion Euros through grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, EEA Grants have a value of 1.55 billion Euros. More information on EEA Grants: