The launch of the Market Design Initiative is a unique opportunity for the European Commission to further orientate EU energy policy in that direction, and to:
> Improve energy efficiency – first by ensuring that energy efficiency does compete on equal terms with supply-side solutions at all decision points in the energy system;
> Develop new business models – through competition and flexibility, to develop European expertise, new skills and job profiles, in the electricity as well as heating and cooling sectors.
> Empower active consumers – include the participation in flexible energy markets to the list of consumer rights that EU citizens should enjoy as energy consumers;
> Address security of supply – by considering the security of supply contributions of energy efficiency, demand side management, smart grids and renewable energy;
> Support renewable energy growth and self-generation – self generation and successful renewable energy integration into an adapted market are critical to an inclusive energy transition.