Energy poverty - enabling participation: cornerstones and position of the DCV to fight energy poverty
The problem of energy poverty is current and urgent, because energy prices have been rising continuously for many years. As of January 1, 2013, many electricity suppliers have implemented price increases by an average of twelve percent. However, energy poverty does not have just one cause, but is determined by the interactions of a variety of factors. Price increases can lead to accumulated energy debts, especially for people with a low income or households on social benefits. It is the task of the state and society to ensure that all people have a sufficient basic energy supply.