E.U. Considers a Unified Energy Policy

The European Union has announced a new strategy for energy efficiency: a proposal for a unified energy market throughout the group’s 28 countries. The E.U. now imports 55 percent of its energy, spending more than €1 billion a day on fossil fuel imports. Theoretically, a single purchaser of gas on behalf of all E.U. members could command a better price—E.U. companies now pay three times the rate paid by American ones. However, two E.U. members strongly committed to expensive renewables, Germany and the U.K., have criticized the proposal on the grounds that it would override individual national energy choice. It’s a reminder that we’re still in the early days of designing an energy of the future that delivers both price and sustainability.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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