Renewable Technologies


The environmental benefits of renewable energy technologies are widely recognised, but the contribution that they can make to energy security is less well known. Renewable technologies can enhance energy security in electricity generation & heat supply. Please see the individual pages on each technology for more information.

The following videos explain some of the issues to be addressed when considering renewable energy projects.

The Directive on Electricity Production from Renewable Energy Sources is a European Union directive for promoting renewable energy use in electricity generation. It is officially named 2001/77/EC and popularly known as the RES Directive.

The directive, which took effect in October 2001, sets national indicative targets for renewable energy production from individual member states.

These objectives contribute toward achieving the overall indicative EU targets, which are

listed in the white paper on renewable sources of energy. Regulators want a 12 percent share of gross renewable domestic energy consumption by 2010 -- and a 20 percent share by 2020. This is the driver behind the Governments Incentive schemes for renewable energy.

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