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25/27 member states will miss their green energy targets reports the EC

The Renewables Energy Directive had established mandatory targets of achieving a 20% share of renewable energy including a 10% share of energy from renewable in transport by 2020. While as a whole, the 2010 renewable energy share for at least 20 member states in the EU was level or above their 2010 commitment, a European Commission analysis has found that all but Sweden, Austria and Estonia will not reach their renewable energy targets by 2020 unless new initiatives are put in place. The analysis provides a conservative estimate of renewables growth while limiting policies to those already in place and reflects the economic crisis. It suggests that future investment may decline or be delayed unless further measures are taken. In fact, the result of the economic crisis could mean that countries end up with renewable energy shares in 2020 that are lower than in 2010. Wind power is likely to deliver only half the 500 terawatt hours of electricity forecast while energy output from biomass is likely to lower than expected with estimates of 86 million tonnes rather than 104 million tonnes of oil equivalent by 2020. READ MORE

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