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EEA Releases 2011 Update on Renewables in Europe

EEA28 November 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has reported that: offshore wind energy capacity in Europe is projected to increase 17-fold between 2010 and 2020; newer renewable technologies such as concentrated solar power and wave/tidal power are also expected to increase more than 11-fold; and European countries are expected to significantly boost solar photovoltaic power, onshore wind and other renewable technologies over the next decade.

The report, titled "Renewable Energy Projections as Published in the National Renewable Energy Action Plans of the European Member States (2011 update)," discusses projections that are based on European countries' plans to install renewable energy sources, showing the diversity of approaches to meeting the EU's collective target of 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020. According to the latest figures, 11.7 % of energy used in the EU came from renewable sources in 2009. [EEA press release][Publication: Renewable Energy Projections as Published in the National Renewable Energy Action Plans of the European Member States (2011 update)]