The EU Commission is working on a White Paper for an agreed Europe-wide policy on renewables (Windpower Monthly, May 1998), which already enshrines the 40,000 MW target. To enable the objectives of the policy paper, EWEA has made a series of proposals for action. The main one is for each EU country to be required to assess the contribution it can make towards the 12% target and define specific goals for each renewable technology. The assessment should include the cost of action needed to reach the target on time, says EWEA.
The association also outlines three back-up measures. Member states should propose and implement fiscal mechanisms to provide for payment for renewables at a commercial level; ensure that physical planning regulations are adapted to allow for the integration of renewables projects; propose and implement rules for electricity grid extension for take-up of renewables.
"If possible the achievements of agreed targets should be ensured by the introduction of appropriate Directives," says EWEA.