Liberalisation of energy markets in Europe is in progress. The expressed goal is to promote efficiency through commercial competition, with lower energy prices for consumers as a consequence. This priority raises some complex questions in relation to the desire of creating a sustainable energy development.Commercial competition has a short time horizon and a goal function of profit maximizing. In contrast to this, creation of a sustainable development requires long time horizons and comprehensive societal planning and regulation.This paper analyses the possibilities and barriers for promoting a sustainable energy development in efficiency and energy conservation. The electric utilities play an important role in this relation, but their priority is of commercial nature rather than concern for the environment. This dilemma is analyzed in more detail in the paper.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of International Energy Efficiency Conference|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
|Event||International Energy Efficiency Conference - Prague, Czech Republic|
Duration: 1 Jan 1998 → …
|Conference||International Energy Efficiency Conference|
|City||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Period||01/01/1998 → …|