Saturday, 22 January 2011

Greenpeace foresees a renewable future

Greenpeace foresees a renewable future - Rapid

The European Union has the potential to generate almost all of its energy from renewable sources by 2050, it has been claimed.

According to the AFP news agency, environmental campaign group Greenpeace believes that if nuclear were to lose its priority access to distribution networks, then renewables could play a much larger role in meeting energy needs.

Indeed, it argues that 99.5 per cent of electricity used by the 27-member bloc could come from sources such as solar and wind 40 years from now.

Greenpeace claims that at present, wind farms are often "stopped in peak production periods" to give priority access to nuclear energy and energy from coal-fired power stations.

Reversing this could have a dramatic impact on the EU's energy landscape, the group believes.

The claim comes after the European Wind Energy Association issued a report stating that EU member states were on track to exceed their collective 2020 target for renewable energy generation.

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