Utilities and the unstoppable efficiency drive

New houses can cut energy use by as much as 90 per cent. It's great news... except for utilities who are torn between offering saving solutions and defending traditional business models.

With better insulation, triple glazing and frugal boilers, new houses can cut energy use by up to 90 per cent, which is good news for consumers but bad for utilities that vie with energy services firms for their efficiency euros.

An unstoppable efficiency drive spurred by EU regulations and national targets poses a dilemma for utilities.

Do they look for a profitable way to help consumers save energy or try to defend their traditional business model?

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