Europe Sets Directives to Boost Renewable Energies

The European Commission has adopted specific country guidelines in an attempt to double energy generation from renewable energy sources by 2010.

BRUSSELS, Belgium, BE, 2001-09-21 [] The Commission directive has already been approved by the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. It should increase the share of electricity generated by wind, solar and water from the current 6 percent to 12 percent in the energy balance of western European countries. The directive of the European Commission sets concrete targets for each member country to increase the current level of electricity generation from renewables. Britain, where the share of wind and solar electricity is among the smallest, must bring its green power generation to 10 percent from 1.7 percent. France must increase to 21 percent from 15 percent, while Sweden must increase its share of renewables in the national energy mix to 60 from 49 percent.
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