The idea for the task force has its origins in last year's EU White Paper on Renewable Energy. It proposed a working group of representatives from the Commission and member states to monitor progress in each country on adopting goals and strategies for meeting the EU target of 12% of energy from renewables by 2010. This group has so far met only once.
Battle's ideas are essentially a new name for the same group, but with a higher status attached. In its beefed-up role it would help the Commission see through its strategy and, in particular, guide the campaign for take-off of renewable energy. This aims at large scale penetration of renewables and substantial progress towards the EU target through four key actions, including 10,000 MW of large wind farms.