Renewable energy: European objectives are far

The fourth European barometer of renewable energies has just been published by Eurobserv'ER. In 2003, renewable energies accounted for 5,48% of the primary energy consumption of the Fifteen. A stable rate for three years. Conclusion: the 12% European goal in 2010 will not be achieved. The policies put in place or announced should not allow to exceed 10%. One can not be much more optimistic about the other objective, which concerns the share of renewable energies in the consumption of electricity (21% in 2010). Indeed, this rate has reached 14,88% in 2003, an increase of 0,5 points during a year climate very unfavorable to renewable energies. Hydraulics has stalled, and it is wind, biogas and wood energy that have allowed this growth.
For installed wind power, Germany remains very far ahead, with 14.609 MW; France ranks in the 11 rank, with 253 MW. Same Germanic dominance on the solar (France arrives in 5e position for the photovoltaic one and in 4e for the thermal one).
To download the barometer on the Oberv'ER website (PDF format, 528 KB), click here (free registration required).

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Antoine Blouet http://www.enviro2b.com/actualites/energie~1090.htm

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