15 December 2017

EU member states reluctant to open up benefits of energy transition to consumers

EU energy ministers meet on Monday to agree to a common line on Commission proposals to reform the electricity market, manage a transition of Europe’s energy supply to renewables and roll out new technologies like smart meters. Despite much of the positive rhetoric surrounding this file, ministers are emptying the Commission proposals of many of its advantages.
28 November 2017

EU Parliament wants consumers to be part of energy transition to renewables

The European Parliament committee for energy has voted to make it easier for consumers to produce and sell electricity made from renewable energy.
20 November 2017

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Despite many attempts for improvement, the energy market is still a sector of great concern to European consumers as it has many failures: there is concern over complex tariffs, rising prices, poor service or mis-selling, the difficulty of switching and confusion over what consumers can do to lower their bills, including how to be energy efficient.

Access to affordable energy is a real worry for consumers, particularly for vulnerable groups such as those with a low income. Despite the opening of the markets, competition remains limited, restricting consumer choice and driving up prices. Unfair commercial practices such as aggressive doorstep-selling are another source of consumer frustration in the energy market.

‘Smart technologies’ such as smart meters are heralded as the future and they are claimed to offer benefits to consumers. Yet they raise numerous questions about their true potential to deliver real benefits to consumers, as well as risks related to privacy and cost increases.

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  • Ensure energy is affordable and available to all consumers
  • Enable consumers to easily choose between various energy suppliers and switch to the best deal
  • Ensure that smart energy systems and other new developments are affordable and designed to benefit consumers

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The European Consumer Organisation
Europäischer Verbraucherverband
Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs

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Tel: +32 2 743 15 98
E-mail: energy@beuc.eu

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Senior Economic Officer
Monika De Volder
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Energy Policy Officer
Angeliki Malizou
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Renewable Energy Project Officer
Mercè Almuni
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Communications Officer
Sébastien Pant
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Secretary to the Directors' office
Christine Stein