WindEurope 2030 recommendations for the EU

In its report, Wind energy in Europe: Scenarios for 2030, WindEurope has prepared a set of scenarios, reflecting low, medium, and high government commitment to renewable energies over the period till 2030. They make seven recommendations for EU policy.

Renewable energy target

The EU should raise its 2030 renewable energy target to at least 35% of final energy demand by 2030 with a clear breakdown per Member State.

National Energy and Climate Action Plans

Member States should adopt early National Energy and Climate Action Plans based on a binding template providing clarity to investors on the post-2020 market volumes including repowering.

RE support schedule

The post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive should mandate Member States to set a schedule for renew­able energy support providing investors at least three years of visibility.

RE support mechanisms

The post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive should set clear design rules for renewable energy support mechanisms, including technology specific tenders, to manage the energy transition.

Priority dispatch

Market design rules should maintain priority dispatch for existing wind power plants and ensure new wind plants are dispatched down last and properly compensated in that occurrence.

Emissions Performance Standard

Member States should stop capacity payments to polluting power plants through the adoption of an Emissions Performance Standard of 550 g CO2/kWh.

Guarantees of Origin

EU rules on Guarantees of Origin should facilitate corporate renewable PPAs and drive renewables based electrification.