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Renewable energy sources (RES) are an important element of the European Union's (EU) energy and environmental policies, and are discussed in this paper. During the past twenty years, energy research and technology development have demonstrated that RES have a great potential for the energy sector in supporting economic development across Europe, and besides have a significant impact in reducing CO(2) emissions. Furthermore RES penetration in the market still meets many obstacles with constraints, distorted competition in the energy market, and relatively low prices for conventional energy sources. The EU's goal is to ensure security and diversity of energy supply together with reduction in CO(2) emissions and environmental pollutants. This could be achieved by developing environmental sustainable energy systems like renewable energy sources particularly passive and active solar design; wind, biomass and photovoltaic systems.

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Authors: COLOMBO R, JRC Ispra (IT);LANDABASO A, CEC Bruxelles (BE);CONTI F, ACTA, Milano (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented : Le Fonti Energetiche Rinnovabili e il Mercato Europeo dell'Energia, June 17-19, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39958 ORA
Record Number: 199610973 / Last updated on: 1996-09-30
Original language: en
Available languages: en