The ups and downs of EU energy efficiency policy

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Member States are rightly shunned by their peers for getting creative with budget deficit figures. So why is there so much support from national governments to apply the same methods to the EU’s draft Energy Efficiency Directive? Leaked documents from European Council meetings show that at least 12 out of 27 Member States are seeking… » read more

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From: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (ENER) Sent: Friday, March 16, 2012 5:47 PM To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX(ENER) Subject: Last night – efficiency directive and the Commissioner Dear XXXXXXXX, Many thanks for a lovely dinner last night and please tell XXXXXXXX it was delicious as ever. Our place next time! I hope you didn’t take my remarks about our Commissioner the… » read more

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Editor’s note: The latest fashion in the debate on the energy efficiency directive is to call for energy intensity targets (i.e. the number of units of energy used to create a unit of GDP) instead of the established 20% reduction in energy consumption. It is important to be aware of the vested interests behind this… » read more

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Bricks and mortar

Picture this: the doorbell rings and you aren’t expecting visitors.There’s a bright eyed boy standing outside with ‘salesman’ written all over him. Thank goodness, you don’t see any of the outward signs of the zealous evangelist. No short sleeved white shirt with a name tag, no brochure-laden black rucksack. Besides, they always travel in pairs.… » read more

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Sense and Sensibility

“We shouldn’t invest in energy efficiency because it’s bad for economic growth”, claims Markus Pieper, MEP. All right, he was speaking in German and maybe the EU Parliament’s interpreters were having a tough day. But they can’t have got it completely wrong. He did say saving energy is a bad thing. What an unhelpful remark.… » read more

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Power Games

How could anyone not wish to cut their energy bill? If like us you’re struggling on a measly NGO salary you would jump at the chance of lower bills. So would everybody with a grain of common sense. It means more money for – for what actually? We asked around. If your energy bill was… » read more

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It’s a summer whodunit. The European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Directive has been public since June 22. But why was the headline policy – an obligation on power companies to cut customers’ energy use – so abruptly dropped from the final text? Commissioner Oettinger and DG Energy had already overruled internal analyses showing that only binding… » read more

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