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Europe 2020 targets - Malta

MALTA: Offshore wind is forecast to play a major role in Malta, with the national plan saying it will provide 7% of total electricity consumption by 2020. Renewables experts have praised the government's ambitious approach, but say measures are needed to ensure the targets are met.

Starting from no renewable energy in 2005, the plan aims to slightly exceed the country’s 2020 target of 10%. The European Wind Energy Association broadly agrees with Malta’s overall wind capacity target of 109.5MW by 2020 but believes more onshore development is possible. Three wind tenders are planned: a 95MW offshore site for 2016-17 and two onshore totalling 14.5MW for 2012-15.

Charles Yousif, honorary secretary of Malta Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energies Association, says in a paper to be published in March that it is thrilling to see that Malta’s national plan has made a positive move from a relatively dubious forecast to a forward-looking plan. But he warns that many measures need to be defined and a roadmap needs to be devised.

In July 2010, Malta introduced tariffs of €0.25/kWh for renewable electricity generated by Maltese residents, €0.28 for residents of the island of Gozo and €0.20 for industrial and commercial entities. Yousif wants a longer-term vision: "These tariffs are only valid for eight years. There is no indication what happens after," he says. 

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