Where next for EU renewable energy policy?

An energy policy vacuum is looming in the European Union after a firm set of policy goals for renewable energy, carbon cutting and energy saving expires in 2020.

To open up the debate on policy direction for renewable energy, the Commission has put together a communication, expected to be published officially next month.

A draft seen by Reuters early this month showed a concern with the economics and with the need to achieve free access to emerging renewable energy markets, if the EU is to retain its technological lead in green energy.

Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger has said he wants agreement on a new policy regime before the end of the current Commission, whose mandate expires in 2014… Read more


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