The European Commission adopted a progress report on renewable energy (in the electricity and transport sectors), highlighting the patchy progress made and the EU's likely failure to reach the 2010 indicative targets. The report explores the reason for this and explains that the new Directive on renewable energy, agreed as part of the energy and climate package and due to enter into force in May, addresses all the concerns highlighted in the report and provides a solid basis for removing barriers and increasing the growth of renewable energy for the next ten years.
Last week, the Chinese Ministry of Finance introduced interim measures for subsidies for "solar photovoltaic building applications" in China. A fixed subsidy will be granted for both urban BIPV applications and for photovoltaic building systems in rural and remote areas. Technical standards will apply to their installation.
Discussions about the Greek energy market at the "Economist Congress" on the 23rd of March 2009.
It can't be that the dark Germany (regarding to the sun-potential) produces 14.500 MW with renewable energies and Greece only 900 MW, explained the representative of the Panhellenic Socialistic Movement (PASOK) and the former minister Michalis Chrisochoidis.
The vice-president of the Greek Energy Regulation Authority emphasized the need of 4 additional energy production units until 2011. The goal is to achieve a total power of 1.600 MW from renewable energies during 2009 and additional 700 MW in the years 2010 and 2011 up to a total power of 10.000 MW until 2020.