European Parliament calls for policies to support energy “prosumers”

The report emphasizes the importance of solutions that enable self-consumption
The report emphasizes the importance of solutions that enable self-consumption

The European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) has approved a report which calls for measures to enable “active, informed consumers and 'prosumers'” in the energy sector.

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) praised the report, which identifies mechanisms including voluntary demand-side response, decentralized energy storage solutions and aggregations strategies. The document also calls on the European Commission and EU Member States to promote incentives for micro-generation.

“We welcome this recognition that end-energy consumers should receive more attention in the debate about the completion of the European energy market,” said EPIA Head of Regulatory Affairs Alexandre Roesch. “Paradoxically, this has somehow been neglected in recent years.”

“In a period of increasing energy prices, it is now time to seriously consider all available options so as to accompany final consumers and businesses towards sustainable and competitive solutions. Being able to produce one’s own electricity in order to cover one’s own needs definitely makes sense.”


Vote on proposal expected in September 2013

The report also notes that this will require the active participation of energy suppliers and distribution system operators, noting that this sector must develop new services to combine energy savings and distributed generation efforts.

The report builds on a European Commission's document: “Making the internal energy market work”, and will now be submitted to the plenary session of the European Parliament. EPIA expects a vote on the report in September 2013.



2013-06-24 | Courtesy: EPIA; Image: HELMA Eigenheimbau AG | © Heindl Server GmbH

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