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Citizens Generate Energy 2009

EU Energy Commissioner hails microgeneration as an important part of the EU’s energy future

Brussels 30 June 2009: Commissioner Piebalgs announced that microgeneration will be a key part of the EU’s future energy mix at the launch of Micropower Europe in Brussels on Friday, together with Charles Bradshaw-Smith, President of Micropower Europe and Head of Innovation at E.ON.

In his speech, Commissioner Piebalgs said that microgeneration is an important part of the future energy mix, not only in terms of climate change and energy efficiency, but also for the energy security of the European Union. He recognised the importance of new ‘buildings as powerplants’, and emphasised that many existing or renovated houses in the future can also benefit from the integration of renewable energy sources or co-generation.

Speaking at the launch of the new organisation to promote microgeneration, sustainable energy for the built environment, Micropower Europe’s President Charles Bradshaw-Smith said: ‘European citizens who invest in energy efficiency and microgeneration enjoy more manageable and stable energy bills, emit few greenhouse gas emissions and consume energy in a more enlightened way – in their homes and throughout their daily lives’.

‘It is essential that the EU, Member States and companies spread the word and inform the hundreds of millions of ordinary citizens of the benefits offered by installing microgeneration technologies so that by 2020 many have it and everyone at least knows someone who has benefited. We need exemplars in every street in the European Union’ said Charles Bradshaw-Smith.

Micropower Europe is a member-funded organisation advocating policy and regulatory initiatives that will lead to mass uptake of microgeneration products among European citizens. Founding members include major European energy suppliers, global manufacturers and specialist technology companies.

The launch of Micropower Europe coincided with the world’s first exhibition dedicated to microgeneration, Citizens Generate Energy 2009. Leading manufacturers and suppliers showcased products, bringing together the general public and experts from the global sustainable energy sector during EU Green Week.

CONTACT: Micropower Europe
NAME: Bethan Fox
ADDRESS: Level 20 Bastion Tower, Place du Champs de Mars 5, 1050 - Brussels