Power firms doubt EU renewables target

Eurelectric sets out regulatory, security, environmental challenges facing liberalised EU electricity market

European electricity industry association Eurelectric has re-confirmed its scepticism over the EU's chances of reaching its goal of 22% renewable electricity generation by 2010. At a press conference on Wednesday, secretary-general Paul Bulteel said the renewables target was desirable but "just too ambitious".

Eurelectric supported greater use of renewables alongside all other feasible energy policy options, both on the demand and supply side, he said. But long lead-times meant projects to meet the renewables target would have to be already in development now, and this was not the case.

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