Blog Category: Energy poverty

Energy consumers

Energy consumer protection at the time of Coronavirus: a case study

The COVID-19 outbreak makes us face an unprecedented situation. Our consumption and social model needs to be reinvented. Governments seem to have decided not to add to the health crisis a social catastrophe that would leave too many people out in the cold. In this paper, I explore the first support measures for energy consumers set up in five countries: Italy, France, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom. 

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Energy poverty

Energy poverty in Italy: an overlooked phenomenon 

Italian energy consumers deserve better than an overlooked energy poverty policy and suffer from significant gaps in governance. The highly fragmented responses fail to prevent the increase of energy poverty and climate change issues. The current mitigation system is not enough to address the phenomena, and as suggested by the European Clean Energy for All package, efforts should be put in structured energy efficiency and long term consumer empowerment. The first victims of the fragmented responses are the households affected by energy poverty. 

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