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Flexible mechanisms for cheaper renewables goals
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ECN Policy Studies 21-4-2010
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ECN-W--10-019 Article (scientific)
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Published in: ENDS Europe (), , 2010, Vol.April 2010, p.1-4.

As the deadline approaches for member states to submit action plans detailing how they intend to meet renewable energy targets, the renewables directive’s flexible mechanisms are drawing increasing attention. Jaap Jansen has a close look.

A recent report by the Netherlands’ Energy Research Centre (ECN) on the four flexible mechanisms defined by the EU’s 2008 renewables directive estimates that using them would enable the Dutch government to achieve by 2020 the Dutch mandatory renewables target of 14% more cost-effectively than without them. In principle, use of the flexible mechanisms could reduce the net social costs of reaching national renewables targets mandated by the directive for all member states.

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