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United Kingdom

Aid to EU policy implementation

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UK energy minister John Battle is calling for a specialist task force to keep up the momentum in increasing renewables capacity in Europe. He wants "Development of clear and transparent guidelines for the connection, operation and commercial terms for small plants, which would remove a major obstacle to the growth of the market." The task force would be made up of experts from member states who would lead the way in helping countries co-ordinate efforts, exchange experience and share problems.

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.

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