Title: Energy Service Companies in European Countries: Current Status and a Strategy to Foster Their Development
Citation: ENERGY POLICY vol. 34 p. 1818-1832
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC31069
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC31069
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Although the European Commission and the Member States of the European Union (EU)1 have promoted a number of policy initiatives to foster the Energy Services Company (ESCO) industry, a recent survey of ESCO businesses in Europe has indicated that major differences exist in the development of the ESCO business among the various countries. In some countries a large number of ESCOs have been successfully operating for a number of years, while in other countries only a few ESCOs have recently started to operate. This difference could be explained by several factors, such as different levels of support offered to ESCOs by national and regional energy authorities, local market structures and rules, and variation in the definitions, roles and activities of ESCOs. This paper reviews and analyses the development and the current status of ESCO industries in the EU and the New Accession Countries. Based on the review and the analysis, a long-term strategy to foster the development of ESCOs in Europe is formulated. The strategic actions recommended build on successful experience in Europe and are proposed with an eye to existing and planned legislative measures, such as the proposed Energy Service Directive and the deployment of the Kyoto flexible mechanisms.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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