EU parliament debates "intelligent" energy plan

Energy committee discusses reform of Altener, Save research support programmes

The European parliament's energy committee held a public hearing yesterday on a planned €215m four-year programme to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Dubbed "intelligent energy for Europe", the programme is set to replace the existing Altener and Save subsidy streams next year. Funding will be increased and extended to cover energy consumption in transport (EED 10/04/02).

Representing companies working to reduce energy consumption in buildings, Horst Biedermann of EuroAce said funding for energy efficiency initiatives in his sector was "manifestly several times lower" than the amount needed to produce real results, and did "not even pay lip service" to EU aspirations in the sector.

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