Recently, the EU Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV) introduced, among the primary indicators, the ?Low share of energy expenditure in income? indicator (M/2), which aims to quantify the tendency of ?households in arrears on bills? to reduce their energy consumption. This paper proposes a methodology to characterise household energy consumption in order to quantify the number of Spanish households whose energy expenditure is abnormally low. Categorizing the ?average energy-expenditure? (AEE) and the ?required heating expenditure? (RHE) of Spanish households, a ?Modified M/2? indicator will be calculated. Complementing the proposed indicator with a characterisation of the household income level, it will be possible to eliminate false positives and, as a result, identify Spanish households that reduce energy consumption due to difficulties in meeting their bills, or in other words due to energy poverty.
Keywords: Energy poverty, Vulnerable households, Energy expenditure, Indicators, Spain
Registration date: 2019-05-20