Energy companies: key partners in alleviating energy poverty
This briefing summarizes the main lessons learnt from SocialWatt and interviews with 21 experts in Europe about the role of energy companies in tackling energy poverty, and more specifically for energy efficiency schemes tackling energy poverty (special focus of SocialWatt).
Energy companies are the first contacts of consumers about energy issues, and therefore key to identify who needs support.
Existing schemes show that both, consumers and energy companies, could benefit if energy advice was part of the basic energy service.
Considerable funding is needed to eradicate energy poverty: both funding sources, public and private funds (e.g. contribution fees from energy companies) are very likely needed.
The challenges go beyond funding issue, especially about targeting and delivering deeper retrofits.
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