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What policies drive renewable energy development in Europe?

Renewable energy currently stands for approximately 15% of the EU’s total energy consumption, and substantially more in the Nordics. The EU plans to increase the overall share of renewable energy to at least 20% by 2020 and 27% by 2030.

These targets are implemented through a variety of European and national policy measures:

  • National support schemes for renewable energy;
  • National capacity mechanism regulations;
  • The EU's climate and energy targets for 2020 and 2030;
  • The pending reform of the EU's renewable energy directive and emission trading system;
  • The EU's state aid rules.

All these policy measures will influence renewable energy growth, the balance between intermittent and stable base-load energy production and the energy security of most EU and EEA countries.

What is REMIX about?

Combining the expertise of political scientists, legal experts, economist and practitioners, REMIX will provide the following outputs:

  • Case studies of factors that shape the European renewable policy mix;
  • Comparative studies of renewable energy policies in six key countries: France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK;
  • Scenarios and guidelines to forecast renewable energy policy development for Nordic energy actors.