August 7, 2017

(EurActiv, 1 Dec 2017) The European Parliament says the EU’s proposed 2030 target for renewable energy needs to be raised in order to speed up deployment early in the next decade. But EU member states have a different idea.

This week, the Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy voted to raise the proposed target for the share of renewables in the EU’s energy mix, from the Commission’s proposed 27% to 35%.

It comes on the heels of last week’s comments from Maroš Šefčovič, the EU’s vice president for the Energy Union, who said studies backing a 27% target should be updated  in light of the rapid fall in renewable energy prices in recent years.

“The costs of reaching the 27% and 30% target are roughly the same,” Šefčovič explained, saying he would present an updated modelling of projected renewable energy costs for 2030.

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Image removed. EurActiv, 1 Dec 2017: Member states’ answer to low renewables ambition: Interim targets