The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) today welcomes the opening of the 11th annual European Commission Citizen’s Energy Forum, which is being held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 12 and 13 September 2019.
The European Commission established the Citizens’ Energy Forum to explore the consumers’ perspective and role in a competitive, ‘smart’, decarbonised and fair energy market. The Forum, which has relocated from London as Brexit approaches, brings together consumers’, regulators’ and industry views on the energy market and its future, directly feeding into the work of the European Commission and regulators in energy and consumer policy areas.
This year’s Forum is particularly relevant as the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislation is now taking effect across the EU. The Forum will focus on a fair and inclusive energy transition for consumers in the changing energy market. There will be discussion on how citizens can be engaged in energy transition, using the opportunities offered by Clean Energy for All Package. The Forum will look at concrete example of successful innovations and initiatives for consumer engagement in key areas of interest, and how these can be replicated, and their reach increased.
Greener and cleaner energy for consumers will be a key topic at the Forum, with discussion on the needed investment to address climate change. The role of consumers in the move towards a carbon neutral energy system and growing awareness about the climate and environmental matters will now impact consumers’ decisions around energy will be a focus at the event.
The 11th Citizen’s Energy Forum will be web-streamed live from the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Information on the broadcast can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/11th-citizens-energy-forum-2019-sep-12_en
Aoife MacEvilly, CRU Commissioner with responsibility for Retail Markets said, “The CRU is delighted to again welcome the European Commission, MEPs, fellow energy regulators, consumer protection bodies and all delegates to Dublin for the Citizens’ Energy Forum. The Forum will help ensure we put customers and communities at the heart of the low carbon transition, while also protecting customers at a time of transformational change in the sector.
We look forward to learning from best practice across the EU in facilitating and promoting engaged customers, actively participating in energy markets and in the energy transition.”