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Parliamentary questions
5 December 2011
P-010498/2011
Answer given by Mr Oettinger on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is aware of the planned changes to the UK support for photovoltaic energy and has been in contact with the UK authorities on the matter.

Following very significant reductions in the production cost of photovoltaic panels, the level of support for photovoltaic energy has been cut in several Member States.

Whenever Member States revise their support schemes for renewable energy, they need to do so in a manner which does not destabilise the renewable energy industry or risk undermining their own plans to achieve their 2020 targets. The UK is committed to reaching its target of 15 % renewable energy by 2020 and to following the trajectory outlined in its national renewable energy action plan.

Should the UK or any Member State weaken policies in such a way that it would threaten progress towards their targets, the Commission would take action, launching legal proceedings if necessary.

OJ C 168 E, 14/06/2012
Last updated: 9 December 2011Legal notice