Europe 2020 targets - Luxembourg

LUXEMBOURG: The small EU country of Luxembourg is one of the few member states that, according to its national plan, will have to buy in renewable energy to meet its target because of a lack of domestic resources. But energy experts believe that better organisation would allow it to produce much more wind power itself. The plan states that it will not meet its 11% renewable energy target by 2020 and is looking into setting up joint projects with other EU member states to make up a forecast 2.1% shortfall.

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Wind power is, however, considered in the action plan as a key technology in increasing renewables penetration, with almost 100MW of new capacity forecast. This would bring cumulative capacity in 2020 to 131MW. Wind is therefore forecast to cover 3.6% of electricity consumption in a scenario where a third of all electricity will come from renewables.

The European Wind Energy Association is more positive about the country’s potential and estimates that 300MW of installed wind capacity could cover up to 14% of electricity consumption, more than the sum of all the renewable electricity technologies in the national plan.

Camille Gira, a Luxembourg MP for the Greens party, agrees that wind could play a much greater role than suggested by the plan. He says that the country needs a territorial plan showing where and how wind farms could be built, adding that, at the moment, there is no criteria for their construction. While this would be a lengthy process, he believes that the time is right to do it now. Moreover, Gira suggests that a focus on small, communal wind parks would provoke less opposition from residents than leaving wind to the private sector.

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