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.

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