The chaotic path of electricity reform has led to the seriousness of eliminating energy savings being overlooked, as one of the pillars of energy policy in an economy such as Spain’s, with the greatest energy dependence and most energy-intense in the EU. The adoption of new tolls in the energy bill and for home consumption is a penalty on energy saving, and through the desire to ensure short-term revenues for the electricity system new barriers have been put up to reducing energy costs and the viability of financing investments in energy efficiency.
The latest reports by the regulators (CNE and CNC) and the statements of prominent members of the European Parliament have criticized how the government reform forgets commitments under Directive 2012/27/UE on energy efficiency.
The European Commission reiterates these in a communication dated 6 November, 2013 reaffirming that Europe cannot afford to waste energy and that energy efficiency is a priority for guaranteeing supply and competitiveness.
Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2014