The European Parliament has given its support to a European Commission proposal to double the use of energy cogeneration by 2010. MEPs voted to support the Commission's strategy for combined heat and power (CHP) which aims to increase its market share from 9% to 18% in the next 12 years, although they said they would have preferred a more ambitious target of 25%. In a resolution passed on Friday, the Parliament said that EU money from the structural funds should be used to finance cogeneration and renewable energy technology. Luxembourg Green MEP, Jup Weber stressed the need to guarantee access for CHP to national electricity grids and to secure minimum prices. The Commission's strategy sees the removal of market barriers to CHP as one of the key ways of increasing its use in Europe's deregulated energy market. Now the Commission has approval from both the Parliament and the Council of Ministers (ENDS Daily 10 December 1997) it will work on an action programme to promote CHP.
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