European targets

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) says it is confident that the EU's unofficial target of 12% of primary energy in Europe from renewables by 2010 can be reached "provided that the appropriate mechanisms are put in place." EWEA has made a series of proposals for action.

Wind power's contribution to the EU's unofficial target of 12% of primary energy in Europe from renewables by 2010 should be no less than 40,000 MW, says the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). The association says it is confident that the amount of installed capacity can be reached "provided that the appropriate mechanisms are put in place." Its own revised target for wind -- announced in June -- is for 100,000 MW by 2020 meeting 10% of Europe's electricity needs.

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.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Windpower Monthly Events


Latest Jobs