As a whole, the European Union has some of the boldest renewable energy goals out there; their current commitment is to source at least 27 percent of final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. But a new report from the EU commission, which has been leaked to The Guardian, shows that this goal is set to be far exceeded, with EU nations getting a full 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the end of the next decade.
At present, around a quarter of the EU’s electricity comes from renewable sources, and in addition to their goal of sourcing 27 percent of energy consumption from clean sources, the EU has also set a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent of their 1990 levels. According the Guardian, the EU commission’s report notes that “[r]eaching the European Union 2030 energy and climate objectives means the share of renewables is likely to reach 50% of installed electricity capacity.”
All this means that an overhaul of the continent’s electricity grid will have to come sooner than anticipated in order to keep pace with the transition to renewable energy sources. Futhermore, the commission’s report calls for “intraday cross-border power trading between countries so that renewable energy can be instantly dispatched to meet demand, without the need for storage.”
But the commission does note that EU nations have made their own renewable energy targets, ranging from “10% in Malta to 49% in Sweden.” Additionally, the 27 percent goal for 2030 was made as a non-binding agreement—and the Netherlands, the UK and France may miss their own individual goals. Speaking to the Guardian, Oliver Joy, a spokesman for the European Wind Energy Association called on the EU to establish a governance system to prevent some EU nations from falling behind those countries, such as Germany, who are forging ahead on with the transition to renewable energy.
Via The Guardian