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EU calls for study of 2020 renewable energy targets
by Daniel J. Graeber
Brussels (UPI) Sep 9, 2014


IEA wants to change narrative on energy efficiency
Berlin (UPI) Sep 9, 2014 - The director of the International Energy Agency said Tuesday from Berlin energy efficiency is a hidden fuel that could support economic growth.

The IEA published a study saying energy efficiency may have benefits that go beyond just cutting back on demand.

"This report lays out the case for governments to invest more time in measuring the impacts of energy efficiency policies, to improve understanding of their role in boosting economic and social development and to facilitate policy design that maximizes the benefits prioritized by each country," IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said in a statement.

The IEA said it's trying to reframe the narrative of energy efficiency to show it's a hidden fuel that can be used as a source of energy security and a builder of national wealth.

The paper suggests nearly 60 percent of the economic potential from energy efficiency is unrealized through 2035 because efficiency is typically undervalued in national policies.

The European Union said it was looking for consultants to evaluate how consistent bloc-wide renewable energy targets are with national legislative measures.

The European Union's Energy Community Secretariat said it was looking for consultants to evaluate renewable energy and statistics.

"For renewable energy, the assessment will evaluate the viability and consistency of the 2020 [renewable energy] targets with the national legislative measures," the secretariat said Monday.

The EU is looking for ways to build on an energy plan that envisions a 20 percent increase in renewable energy use, a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from a 1990 benchmark and a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency by 2020.

Also Monday, the secretariat ruled against Macedonia, saying it was the "only country" in the region that hasn't made any tangible progress on reforming its electricity market.

"Macedonia is requested to rectify the identified issues of non-compliance within a time limit of two months," the secretariat said.

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