The EU meets its 2010 Renewable electricity target
The EU achieved its 2010 target of 21% of electricity consumption met from renewable sources. With support high, more and more businesses are investing in clean energy; reducing energy costs and price volatility whilst staying in tune with government and public attitudes.
Growth has been strong – according to provisional figures from EUROSTAT, the EU achieved its 2010 target of 21% of electricity consumption met from renewable sources. 2010 saw a consumption of around 3,100 TWh in the EU, with over 650 TWh of this electricity being generated by renewables.
If this growth continues at the same rate, it would account for 36% of electricity in 2020 and 52% in 2030 (see graph below).
Over the 5 years up to 2010 the growth in renewables was largely due to the development of onshore wind. In the future the clean energy sector will continue to benefit from considerable growth in offshore wind, solar PV and also other technologies as they mature such as wave, tidal and biomass.
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