Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy tariffs, Energy markets, Energy standards, Energy security, Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, Energy investments, Energy statistics

Energy stories that speak to the citizens

2016-04-05 -

Raising the awareness of citizens on energy issues was one of the main goals for the INOGATE Project in the past years. This is an important aspect as citizens who can grasp basic concepts of energy and its complexity as an issue can also understand why energy sector reforms are necessary processes and what are the potential benefits for the country.

With this aim in mind, the INOGATE communication team created a series of 7 stories, targeting citizens both in the EU and in the Partner Countries, without a background on energy issues. The stories illustrate the successful areas of interventions undertook by INOGATE in crucial areas.

The stories published can be accessed as following: 

1.       Saving energy at home - a ‘how to’ centre for sustainable energy

Through greater awareness of energy efficiency, consumers are empowered to make informed choices to save themselves money and help increase their country’s energy security.

2.       Phasing out subsides in energy tarrifs: why it’s necessary

Properly set tariffs are essential as they ensure the quality of energy supply and fund future investments in energy which in turn are necessary to meet the growing energy demands of a country. However, a tariff must be cost-reflective while also protecting socially vulnerable groups.

3.       Saving on your energy bills by making better buying choices

Consumers have more information and new choices to reduce energy consumption in their households by considering energy labelling when buying energy efficient appliances and lighting and obtaining energy passports before making decisions to rent or buy homes.

4.       Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency

Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency is a smart way of providing affordable, clean and reliable energy to citizens. In order to facilitate and attract investments, appropriate legislation, financing schemes and other support mechanisms must be in place.

5.       Energy statistics you can trust

Reliable energy data is the foundation for sound decision-making. Every country needs to know how its consumers are using energy, both to develop better policy and to create a more enabling environment for the energy sector. Trusted, accurate statistics answer questions in a reliable way.

6.       An end to electricity supply frustrations

Electrical appliances can be destroyed due to power surges or frequent outages. Consumers sometimes spend endless hours on hold before speaking to a power company representative. This poor quality of service leaves consumers feeling frustrated and dissatisfied, but now new regulations are protecting consumers’ rights.

7.       Turning waste into energy

Countries all over the world are addressing their landfill problems by recycling their garbage and producing energy from waste to heat their homes and public buildings. Producing energy from collected landfill gas is one of best ways to reduce negative impacts of existing landfills on the environment and people living near it.