European Parliament votes to support binding 2030 renewables target


By: SGN Staff


Europe's Parliament has voted in favor of a binding 2030 renewable energy target, a not so terribly surprising bit of news considering the region's overwhelming focus on renewables development. But still, the vote was an unmistakably blunt message.


"The Parliament's vote sends a strong message to the European Council as it prepares its response to the European Commission's Energy Roadmap 2050," said Stephane Bourgois, regulatory affairs head for the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).


"Ministers should take heed of the European Parliament and endorse a binding renewables target for 2030. Binding targets for renewables are proven to be effective, and targets for 2030 would continue to drive European industry, boost energy security and are key in tackling climate change."


EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger have asked for a decision on a target as early as 2014.


The UK, Germany, Denmark and other European countries are very big on renewables like offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. And the UK has been advancing the concept of a Supergrid, an interconnecting transmission system linking the UK with other European countries to better manage energy supply and demand as more renewables are steadily integrated.


And as reported in Huffington Post, Scotland is well on its way to meeting its 2020 goal of getting 100% of its energy from renewables. While nuclear energy accounts for almost a third of Scotland's energy mix, the government expects that more renewables will mean fewer new nuclear power plants.


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