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Renewable energy in the EU has grown strongly in recent years. This has been prompted by the legally binding targets for renewable energy enacted by Directive 2009/28/EC. While the EU as a whole is on course to meet its 2020 targets, some Member States will need to make additional efforts to meet their obligations for the share of energy from renewable sources in the gross final consumption of energy.
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After a period up to 2010 during which renewables were growing strongly, the combined effect of warm weather, slower progress by Member States in implementing the Renewable Energy Directive and Europe’s faltering economic situation led to a decrease in the use of renewable energy in 2011. However, the share of renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy did increase, since the consumption of fossil fuel energy fell more than that of renewables. In 2012 the share of energy from renewable sources increased again and reached 14.3 % and increased further to 15.0 % in 2013.More ...