Renewable energy in Europe 'to grow rapidly'

05 Aug 2010
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Europe's renewable energy production has been predicted by grow rapidly by the chief executive of Renewable Energy International.

In an interview with Renewable Energy World, Jeff Potter stated that there is a divide between new and old Europe on energy policy.

He forecast that there will be a rise of 40 per cent in the production of renewable energy in Eastern Europe, compared to 15 per cent for the west of the continent.

"Growth should pick up pace, although it may take more than just 12 months to gather real steam in terms of new capacity additions," he said.

Mr Potter added that the growth of renewable energy production in Europe will be fueled by robust prices.

In an interview on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show at the weekend, UK energy and climate change minister Chris Huhne stated that the oil spill from a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico shows that focus needs to be placed on renewable energy

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