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Energy poverty: a bad dream or reality?Published: 17 of October, 2017

The issue of energy poverty received more than its typical share of attention in the energy regulatory package published at the end of last year. While this should not be considered a breakthrough, the Commission continues to soften its traditional view that energy market regulation should be considered separately from social policy. The amended Electricity Directive would require member states to define energy poverty, measure the number of affected households, and regularly publish the measures applied. The proposed amendment to the Energy Efficiency Directive also articulates that a certain proportion of energy efficiency measures should be implemented in households that are classified as energy poor. In order to coordinate the measures implemented among the member states, the European Commission has announced that it will publish regular reports under a 'European Energy Poverty Observatory' in order to monitor energy poverty and support member state actions.