“Sometimes politicians are looking for simple quick fixes and, when they say ‘natural gas is half the price in the US, why can’t we do that in Europe?’ the rational response would be that in that case, we should use less gas,” Hans Nilsson, board member of eceee (European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) said in an interview this week. This followed the publication of an eceee report entitled “European competitiveness and energy efficiency: Focusing on the real issue”.
“The traditional perspective is to assume that the consumer is rational and will eventually make the choice of energy efficiency,” the eceee briefing paper says. “Experience is, however, not encouraging for such beliefs.”
Hans will be at the eceee Summer Study starting June 3rd and will no doubt be discussing the report during informal gatherings.