By Christopher Hopson in London
Monday, September 16 2013
It was agreed that binding European renewables targets have been a major factor driving the success of the wind sector in becoming a mainstream energy technology.
“By giving investors certainty, a compulsory 2030 renewables target will allow the wind sector to continue to grow and provide green jobs and revenue at the lowest cost for Europe”, says Thomas Becker, the chief executive of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
The Madrid meeting, set up by EWEA, which is driving the wind sector’s work on 2030 targets, was hosted by Luis Polo, the chief executive of the Spanish Wind Energy Association.
The association heads also shared their worries over the drastic changes to Spain’s wind energy support framework, which may put thousands of jobs and its achievement of the 2020 target at risk.
The meeting agreed on the importance of both 2020 and 2030 targets in helping to restore confidence in Europe.
The European Commission is due to present concrete proposals on 2030 energy and climate targets by the end of this year, allowing the European Council to return to the issue in March 2014.
The Commission in its Green Paper, presented in late March, had not yet come up with set targets for renewables for 2030, but said what type, nature and level of climate and energy goals should be set for that time horizon – basically presenting 2030 targets as a key policy option.
Establishing binding 2030 goals has been controversial among the 28 states of the EU, with some countries such as Germany pushing for ambitious targets, while others such as Poland oppose too strict objectives for renewables, as the country is trying to protect its fossil fuel sector.
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