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Energy poverty in pandemic times: fine-tuning emergency measures for better future responses to extreme events in Spain

P. Mastropietro

Energy Research & Social Science Vol. 84, pp. 102364-1 - 102364-8


Energy poverty has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it triggered. Spain, one of the first countries affected by the outbreak, introduced several measures to protect energy consumers during the initial lockdown and to provide them with economic relief (including a disconnection ban and the introduction of new categories of beneficiaries for its energy assistance programmes). This article presents a critical assessment of these interventions, based on the regulatory theory and a review of international experiences. It shows how emergency measures should rely on a robust but flexible targeting strategy and be supported by appropriate financing; it also sheds light on the importance of information campaigns that allow the aid to reach more households, improving the effectiveness of the intervention. The reflections and recommendations presented in this article may help improve the design of emergency measures during future health crises or extreme weather events.

Resumen divulgativo:

Este artículo analiza las medidas de emergencia que se introdujeron en España para proteger a los consumidores energéticos durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Estas medidas se comparan con otras experiencias internacionales para presentar una evaluación crítica que permita mejorar el diseño de estas intervenciones para futuros eventos extremos.

Palabras Clave: COVID-19; Energy poverty; Energy insecurity; Emergency measures; Consumer protection; Disconnection ban

Índice de impacto JCR y cuartil WoS: 6.834 - Q1 (2020)

Referencia DOI: DOI icon 10.1016/j.erss.2021.102364

Publicado en papel: Febrero 2022.

Publicado on-line: Noviembre 2021.

P. Mastropietro. Energy poverty in pandemic times: fine-tuning emergency measures for better future responses to extreme events in Spain. Energy Research & Social Science. Vol. 84, pp. 102364-1 - 102364-8, Febrero 2022. [Online: Noviembre 2021]

    Líneas de investigación:
  • Diseño y regulación de mercados energéticos
  • Pobreza energética: indicadores, políticas y regulación