The Energy Efficiency First (E1st) principle is one of the key principles helping to guide decisions about investments related to energy: all options, both on supply- or demand-side, should be considered on an equal basis, taking into account the multiple impacts for the society. Then priority should be given to the most beneficial.
Implementing this principle is not as straightforward as one could state. The European Commission is currently finalizing guidelines to help policy makers and investors apply the E1st principle in their decision-making process. In this webinar, we will first discuss what barriers can hinder the implementation of Efficiency First before providing early insights on how Efficiency First is or could be integrated in different policy areas and instruments. Then two guest presentations will illustrate opportunities for Efficiency First, based on current developments related to the power system in California and in France.