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.

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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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