Households' electricity use declines in 2007

Final electricity consumption in EU households in 2007 decreased for the first time since 1990, dropping from 806.52 in 2006 to 800.72 terrawatt hours (TWh), according to a report released on Monday by the EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

The decline may have been driven by a surge in EU energy efficiency legislation from 2005, says the JRC. But the research centre adds it is "too early to conclude this unambiguously". Winters were a lot warmer at that time, it notes.

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