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European Commission’s citizens’ energy forum – 20 & 21 September 2018

I am back from the Citizen’s energy forum, the annual European Commission’s convention which has been steering EU’s energy consumer policies for the last ten years. New business models and ADR were at the centre of the 10th meeting.

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Energy Poverty & Vulnerability Measures in Europe: An Overview

One of the key aims of the ESRC Just Energy project is to investigate how vulnerable consumers access justice. Therefore, understanding which consumers are currently excluded from accessing justice through ADR is key, as is providing an overview of recent EU and national measures and policies which seek to address energy poverty and consumer vulnerability in the energy sector.

Are consumers fit for the new electricity market?

This blog was originally published on 1st December 2017 in Energy in Demand, a great website for all the energy-geeks around here. The Market Design part of the “Clean Energy For All” package will be adopted in the first part of 2018. The European Commission affirms the intention of the “Clean Energy For All” package … Continue reading Are consumers fit for the new electricity market?

#EUSEW2018 to Sustainable 2019

Each year, the Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) provides industry professionals with a unique opportunity to discover the latest innovations and best ideas for creating a sustainable future in Europe. This year, it was also the first time that I participated as a visitor only, the first time that I returned to Brussels since my departure for … Continue reading #EUSEW2018 to Sustainable 2019

Meeting energy poverty experts in Barcelona

Initially published on the ESRC Just Energy website on 31 May 2018. On Monday, 28 May, Naomi and I organised a first series of meetings with energy poverty experts in Barcelona, Spain. Catalonia is at the forefront of consumer protection and the fight against energy poverty in Spain and in Europe, driven by very committed civil … Continue reading Meeting energy poverty experts in Barcelona

“Consumers are citizens with rights”: Conclusions of the round table on Ombudsmen in the New Deal for Consumers

Initially published on NEON's website (February 2018). Yesterday, ombudsmen from different sectors, academics, stakeholders and representatives from the most relevant organisations (consumer organisations, regulators and businesses) gathered for a round table on the role of ombudsmen in critical economic sectors and shared their expectations regarding the upcoming New Deal for Consumers, to be presented by … Continue reading “Consumers are citizens with rights”: Conclusions of the round table on Ombudsmen in the New Deal for Consumers

Fair access to Energy Ombudsman and ADR Schemes for all is necessary to build a true Energy Union

Report prepared with Dr Naomi Creutzfeldt, University of Westminster, on behalf of NEON and initially published on NEON's website (March 2017). Key messages: Fair access to redress for energy consumers is essential for the engagement of all consumers, prosumers and vulnerable consumers alike Independent ombudsmen and ADR bodies looking after the energy sector can take on … Continue reading Fair access to Energy Ombudsman and ADR Schemes for all is necessary to build a true Energy Union