EURELECTRIC has welcomed the long-awaited final agreement reached over a proposed European Union directive on the energy efficiency of new and renovated houses, saying that it will push electricity producers into adopting a more profitable strategy of value-added service provision.

The deal had been held up for months by rows between the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, notably over the size threshold for imposing energy efficiency standards on electrical engineers, architects and builders. Ministers wanted a ...

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