IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - November/December 2015 - 67

Integrating
Variable
Renewables
in Europe

Current Status
and Recent
Extreme Events

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IN RECENT MONTHS, ENERGY POLICY IN THE
European Union (EU) has started to focus on the concrete actions required to ensure the realization of a
functioning internal energy market in the context
of high levels of renewable energy in the post-2020
period. The most important developments include
the agreement by the European Council on energy
and climate targets for 2030 and the launch of the
Energy Union by the European Commission in February 2015. Against the political agreement already
reached that the EU would reduce its greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions by 80% by 2050, European leaders
have adopted a set of interim climate change and energy targets that include, for instance
✔ a legally binding target for a reduction in EU GHG
emissions of 40% by 2030 compared to 1990
✔ a legally binding target of at least 27% at the EU level
for the share of renewable energy consumed in the EU
in 2030
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