Energy poverty in Europe today

Energy poverty refers to the lack of access to energy, which affects millions in Europe today. Three causes, one problem 1 - Rising energy prices Rising energy prices increase energy poverty. With a long-term upward trend for energy prices (ACER, 2018), utility bills represent a heavier burden for European households, especially when coupled with energy …

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Will the EU electricity market protect Europeans from disconnection?

The EU has recognised access to energy as a human right. But whether it will enforce a  disconnection safeguard remains to be seen, writes Guillaume Derivaux. Guillaume Durivaux is Policy Officer for the Utilities sector at EPSU, the European Federation of Public Service Unions. This opinion piece was originally published in Euractiv Fifteen years after …

Eliminating energy poverty in Europe: The role of Market Design

Energy poverty is rising in Europe. Arrears in utility bills have increased 40% in the EU since the financial crisis. 7 million families receive disconnection notices every year. 1 in 10 Europeans cannot keep warm in winter, while 1 in 5 cannot keep cool in the summer[1]. Last June, 68 national, European and international organisations …

Fighting energy poverty in Europe: the next steps

Political deals have now been reached for 4 EU energy files. For a year now, the Right to Energy coalition, bringing together unions, social, environmental, and health organisations, has been working to link social and climate justice, to include energy poverty meaningfully in this legislative package. Energy poverty is still rising in Europe, after a sharp …

Protecting access to energy for all in electricity markets

Ahead of the European Parliament's vote on the electricity market laws, the Right to Energy coalition sent its recommendations to MEPs. Energy poverty and the climate crisis are both urgent issues, where inaction costs lives. If the 2030 Energy package does not include a social justice perspective, it is bound to fail. Addressing energy savings …