Brussels, Belgium [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) says the European Commission’s proposal on a Strategic Energy Technology plan still needs better focus, greater clarity and to set priorities.According to a statement released by the EWEA, the Commission’s proposal should be complemented by additional measures and policies as suggested by the Portuguese presidency in its vision paper. These include a clearer distinction between the technologies already available today or in the final stages of development. The wind energy sector would have liked to see a more detailed and clear financial strategy and priority-setting that takes into account past allocations of R&D funds between the different energy technologies.
“The Commission’s Plan is a good basis for discussion at the Energy Council on 3 December. If complemented by the visions and additional measures presented by the Portuguese Presidency, there is hope for a positive outcome,” said EWEA Chief Executive Christian Kjaer. “Achieving the 20% renewable target depends on this, as does Europe’s future welfare. Europe has to prioritize investments now in efficiency, renewable energy technologies and infrastructure if we are to emerge successfully from the looming climate and energy crisis while reaping the commercial benefits of technology exports.”
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