The Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdown exacerbated energy poverty and insecurity for millions of customers worldwide. Many governments introduced emergency measures to protect energy consumers in this very delicate phase. We review and classify the policies implemented across the five continents, identifying potential inefficiencies, but also best practices. Our review reveals the need to improve the targeting of these financial aid programs to reach only households economically affected by the outbreak. We put forward regulatory recommendations to enhance the targeting and financing of these much-needed relief measures, with the aim to take the most out of the available resources. The aid should be better channelled through the energy assistance programmes already in place, considering not only the current income, but also the one before the crisis.
In this paper, we investigate two main schemes for contracting demand-side flexibility by the Distribution System Operator (DSO) at the planning stage: a voluntary demand-side connection agreement where consumers offer [...]
The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 compounded an already difficult policy landscape characterised by rising energy prices, international supply chains’ disruptions, growing greenhouse gas emissions and exacerbating geopolitical [...]
On 14th February 2022, the European Commission published a ‘Call for evidence for an impact assessment’ (Call for Evidence) and Public Consultation related to a new framework for standard essential [...]
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