EU news and policy debates across languages


Industry: Consumer fears on smart meters are ‘overblown’

Topic: smart meters

Energy 13-10-2016

An energy first as UK successfully transmits data via national electricity grid

Data has been transmitted across a national electricity grid for the first time, in what could be a significant step towards the creation of virtual power stations, where many thousands of homes and businesses combine to manage electricity use more smartly.
Energy 03-10-2016

EU rules out ‘harmonisation’ of renewable energy support

The “active participation” of citizens and local communities in the supply and demand of electricity will be “the leitmotiv” of new energy proposals the European Commission is preparing for the end of the year, according to a senior EU official who ruled out harmonisation of national support schemes for renewables at this stage.
Energy 29-09-2016

Power grid operators expect their ‘Uber moment’

Transmission system operators are struggling to fulfil their traditional mission of maintaining security of supply in a rapidly evolving environment driven by digitalisation.
Energy 28-09-2016

Co-op chief: People can produce most of their energy themselves

Half of Europeans could have solar panels on their roofs by 2050. And the trend won’t stop as small-scale energy cooperatives bring in eight times more revenue to local authorities than big utilities, argues Dirk Vansintjan.
Energy 27-09-2016

Study maps potential of ‘energy citizens’ in push for renewable power

Half of EU citizens – including local communities, schools and hospitals – could be producing their own renewable electricity by 2050, meeting 45% of the EU’s energy demand, according to new research published on Monday (26 September).
NewsSpecial Report
Energy 16-06-2016

Smart meters 'not needed' after all for European power grid

SPECIAL REPORT / A transition to an intelligent electricity grid in Europe can take place without smart meters, industry players have said, in comments that will embarrass the European Commission, which pushed a Europe-wide plan to roll out smart meters years ago.
NewsSpecial Report
Sustainable Dev. 14-06-2016

Climate Commissioner: Age of traditional energy consumers 'almost over'

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / The age of traditional energy consumers is almost over, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will say today (13 July), before outlining plans for Europeans to take control of consumption and production.
Energy 13-06-2016

The customer and the changing energy landscape

The energy transition is bringing fundamental changes for consumers on the energy market. With the availability of new technologies, consumers gain control over their energy use, for the benefit of decarbonisation, security of supply and affordability. Iain Conn, CEO of Centrica, was in Brussels on 25th May to talk about the ‘Consumer and the Energy Landscape’. Marie Donnelly, …

Energy 13-06-2016

Consumers, regulators and energy efficiency in buildings

Download PDF  

Saving energy consumption in buildings will play a key part in Europe’s transition to a clean, secure and efficient energy system.
Energy 26-04-2016

Digitalisation: Where are the German digital utilities?

In Germany, a lot has been written about two energy megatrends of our time, liberalisation of energy markets and decentralisation of the energy landscape. What we think has been neglected is a third megatrend: digitalisation.
Energy 22-04-2016

An Energy Union for consumers: Better information and more choice

European energy companies must provide better information to consumers, helping them to understand what they are paying for and whether they getting value for money, writes Věra Jourová.
Energy 20-04-2016

Why the EU’s electricity market design proposal actually matters

The European Commission’s vision of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where consumers take ownership of the energy transition, is to be applauded but needs to be followed up with genuine policy change, writes Jonathan Gaventa.
Digital 04-06-2015

Internet of Things creeps into the energy sector

Europe's electricity sector needs to open up to the Internet of Things, where objects are connected to each other via the World Wide Web, policymakers told a Berlin industry event on Tuesday (2 June).
Digital 11-03-2015

Why is Europe wasting its cheapest, cleanest energy resource?

Behavioural energy efficiency programmes could help European consumers save 12 billion kilowatt-hours of energy and €2.4 billion, writes Alex Laskey.
Energy 16-07-2014

'Smart' technology makes energy utilities more vulnerable to hackers

Last November, Felix Lindner came very close to shutting down the power supply of Ettlingen, a town of almost 40,000 people in the south of Germany.
VideoSpecial ReportPromoted
Energy 22-10-2013

Smart Metering IS happening!

SPECIAL REPORT / In this European Utility Week Engerati interview, ESMIG President Frank Hyldmar discusses where the industry stands in terms of the smart meter and what the future holds.
VideoSpecial ReportPromoted
Energy 17-07-2013

Smart Metering implementation in Europe - are we on track?

SPECIAL REPORT / Smart metering implementation in Europe: are we on track? – ESMIG and EDSO for Smart Grids hosted conference during EU Sustainable Energy Week  
NewsSpecial Report
Energy 27-06-2013

EU smart meter roll-out lags behind ambition

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Europe’s ambitious plan for 80% market penetration of smart meters by 2020 is failing to live up to expectations. A senior energy official at the European Commission admits that market penetration is still very low, particularly in the new member states, and that there is a big shortfall in investment.
Energy 20-12-2012

EU agency mulls cybersecurity measures for ‘vulnerable’ smart grids

European Union smart grid operators and energy providers need common cybersecurity measures to help them guard against attacks, says a new report by Europe's information security agency ENISA.
Energy 14-12-2012

Household electricity consumption reaches new high: Report

After decreasing steadily for years, household electricity consumption in 2010 reached its highest level in two decades, says a report by the European Commission.
Trade & Society 15-11-2012

Brussels urges EU countries to stop energy market ‘distortions’

EU countries must do away with the distorting influence of state intervention and step up efforts to implement internal energy market rules, which could save consumers an estimated €13 billion a year, says a report by the European Commission released Thursday (15 November).
LinksDossierSpecial Report

Energy Efficiency Directive: Completing an energy policy puzzle

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Union put down the last piece of the bloc's 2020 climate and energy policy puzzle by adopting an Energy Efficiency Directive. The directive is a game-changer for energy companies, which are now required to achieve 1.5% energy savings every year among their final clients. The EU law is also expected to trigger the largest revamp of Europe's existing building stock to date and set new standards for public procurement and energy audits.
Energy 18-09-2012

Industry: Consumer fears on smart meters are 'overblown'

Industry is waiting for national energy regulators in each member state to decide how to distribute the costs involved in the roll-out of smart meters, which could fall on consumers, depending on each market's 'peculiarities', John Harris, of smart metering company Landis+Gyr, told EurActiv.