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Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 95 million

Official Journal Reference

L 158 of 1978-06-16

Legislative Reference

1302/78/(CEE) of 1978-06-12
To develop renewable, commercially exploitable, alternative energy sources, promote the conservation of energy and encourage the more rational use of conventional energy sources, such as solid fuels and electricity, with a view to reducing the Community's dependence on imported energy and to developing potential external markets.


As one of the instruments of the Community's energy policy, this programme complemented the R&D programme on non-nuclear energy. Alternative energy was defined as any potential source of energy apart from nuclear energy and fossil fuels exploited by conventional means.


Four areas:
- Exploitation of geothermal fields;
- Liquefaction and gasification of solid fuels;
- Exploitation of solar energy;
- Exploitation of wave, tidal and wind energy.


The Commission was responsible for implementing the programme in accordance with Council Regulations (EEC) No 726/79 (budgetary allocations), No 727/79 (solar energy), No 728/79 (solid fuel liquefaction and gasification) and No 729/79 (geothermal energy), adopted on 9 April 1979 and published in the Official Journal (No L 93 of 12.4.1979).

The Commission reported periodically to the European Parliament and to the Council on the application of these Regulations.
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