Slow-going reported for EU energy services

Stakeholders call for more support as moves to manage energy demand fail to take off

European efforts to encourage electricity consumers to switch to "energy services" contracts with power companies to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions have not been as successful as foreseen, according to industry association Eurelectric.

"There are a lot of problems in operation," Rolf Bauerschmidt of German firm Stadtwerke Bremen (SwB) told delegates yesterday at a Brussels conference on electric technologies and sustainable development. Mr Bauerschmidt heads Eurelectric's energy services team, which last year published a report urging greater regulatory support for energy services (EED 09/05/00).

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