Energy contract means any agreement for the purchase or sale of energy. Citizens as clients of energy contracts should receive clear and correct information from the retailer. They should also get notice in advance if any changes are made to the contract, and be able to end the contract if they don’t accept the new conditions. They are entitled to have access to their consumption data for free. They have the right to have a competitively priced, accurate individual meter for electricity and gas.
Efficient buildings offer benefits to building owners, and occupants: they are healthier and more comfortable; owners can maximise the profit-earning potential of installed building-scale renewables; net-zero-carbon buildings help to increase resilience to extreme weather events.
Opportunities for reducing emissions and, at the same time, benefitting from energy savings:
Energy Service Companies (ESCOs): a company that offers energy services which may include implementing energy-efficiency projects and in many cases on a turn-key basis. It supports primarily larger facilities, municipal buildings or larger residential buildings/block of flats. ESCOs guarantee energy savings and/or provision of the same level of energy service at lower cost; the remuneration of ESCOs is directly tied to the energy savings achieved; ESCOs can finance or assist in arranging financing for the operation of an energy system.
Energy Service Provider Companies (ESPCs): a category of companies that offer energy services to final energy users, including the supply and installation of energy-efficient equipment, the supply of energy, and/or building refurbishment, maintenance and operation, facility management, and the supply of energy (including heat). ESPCs provide a service for a fixed fee or as added value to the supply of equipment.