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EU will not meet 2010 renewable electricity target, says Commission
The EU is unlikely to reach its 2010 renewable electricity targets, according to the progress report adopted by the European Commission on 24 April. The target, set out in the 2001 Renewable Electricity Directive, is 21% of renewables in the power mix, while the report claims that the EU could reach 19% by next year.
According to the Commission, the reasons for this are cumbersome administrative procedures, difficulty in getting grid access and insufficient support measures at national level. These barriers are all addressed in the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, which should help overcome the obstacles and facilitate the development of renewables.