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EU Discussion on Renewables
The EU Commission is considering a directive on renewable energy in the open electricity market. After a long consideration period, it published a working paper in April, “Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources and the Internal Electricity Market”. The paper favours “market-based” systems for support of renewable energy, e.g. the English NFFO (Non-Fossil-Fuel Obligation), rather than a system with fixed tariff(s) for purchase of renewable energy electricity, as in Germany, Spain and Denmark.
Several environmental NGOs find that EU-action is needed to support renewable energy to achieve EU climate goals. But a number of renewable energy proponents prefer no EU initiative rather than a directive that will abandon the fixed tariff systems that have proven very successful in promoting renewable energy.
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