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CLER – Comité de Liaison Energies Renouvelables -   Réseau pour la transition énergétique (Network for Energy Transition)

CLER is a professional network promoting renewable energies and energy saving since 1984. It brings together 200 members (among them associations, companies, local governments, federations of municipalities, education institutes) and represents more than 10 000 citizens and 5 000 employees throughout the French national territory. CLER believe that a genuine-fair energy transition is the right answer to our global crisis. To ensure the full development of renewable energy and energy saving, the energy transition has to be local, fair and democratic. That is why CLER promote a new energy model in which local governments play the main part. Indeed, energy choices imply lifestyle options and all citizens must act and be committed to change. No one shall be excluded either for energy savings are the most accurate answer to fuel poverty. CLER’s propositions are built up and rely on successful local and regional experiences: a solution to both tackle climate change, resources and fossil fuel rarefaction, ensure energy independence and eventually develop a local and fair prosperity. The main missions are :

lead members and thematic networks

help local communities in energy saving and renewable energy projects

support energy efficiency

find solutions to fuel poverty

promote the energy transition

CLER infos #100: 30 ans d'action pour la transition, Mai-Juin 2014 descibes the development of the organisation

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  • 01-05-1992

    1992: Eye opening study trip

    A study trip opens CLER's eves for the possibilities of a local approach to renewable energy; the strength of local energy co-operatives and the rural environment.

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  • 01-03-1997 - 31-12-1999

    March 1997: a framework for 200 Local Energy Information Offices created

    CLER is part of creating 200 Local Energy Information Offices in France, carrying out local public enlightenment processes

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  • 01-05-2001 - 01-05-2003

    2001: PREDAC – a European project

    PREDAC - a European FP5 project - strengthens CLER as an organization and Places the organization as a central part of international networks

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  • 01-05-2005

    2005: Manifesto against fuel poverty

    The Manifesto against fuel poverty makes CLER focus on not only the enviromental but also the social aspects of sustainable energy.

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  • 01-03-2007

    2007: Changing the course in Energy Policy

    CLER becomes an important political player by participating in the intense debate about the future French energy policy

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  • 01-05-2011 - 01-05-2015

    2011: 100 renewable energy villages (100-RES-COMMUNITIES)

    100-RES-COMMUNITIES is a platform where CLER can demomstrate the organizations basic philosopy of creating local energy independence and empowering Citizens in 10 European countries

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