September 19, 2018 - 13:47

Energy rights. The second edition of the Catalan congress on this issue is being held on 8 and 9 November and centres on joint strategies to stand up for energy rights.

The 2nd Catalan Congress on Energy Poverty is being held on 8 and 9 November and brings together various organisations and municipal councils to debate and promote joint action to combat energy poverty, a phenomenon which affects over 170,000 people in Barcelona. Over the two-day congress an energy advice point will be operating at the Cotxeres de Sants community centre, offering advice for members of the public on energy savings and the defence of energy rights.

The second edition of the Catalan Congress on Energy Poverty will delve into the structural causes of energy poverty and the current state of energy rights. Over the two days, organisations and municipal administrations will be proposing solutions and joint strategies to tackle the main problems relating to energy poverty more efficiently. These include rises in energy costs, the condition of homes built without any energy efficiency criteria and the socio-economic situation of families.

In Barcelona there are 170,000 people who have difficulty paying their electricity, gas and water bills. According to the study ‘Municipal Indicators for Energy Poverty in the City of Barcelona’, the most common profile among people suffering energy poverty (67.9%) is that of unemployed women in rented housing, mainly with problems paying for their electricity bills.

Energy advice point at the congress

Over the two days of the congress, on 8 and 9 November, an energy advice point will be set up to offer members of the public information and empower people in terms of their energy rights. There are eleven of these advice points around the city offering personalised support to help people get their electricity, water and gas costs down, optimise services, improve energy efficiency in the home and handle matters with companies.

People unable to pay for their water, electricity and gas bills, as well as anyone needing help with dealing with procedures, can approach their nearest energy advice point.