Jane Burgermeister

Jane Burgermeister is the European correspondent of Renewable Energy World.com. She lives in Vienna, Austria.

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Lessons From Europe

Funding for research into new technology is key.

While the U.S. can learn much from European strategies to promote renewable energy, it must also be cautious. The International Energy Agency (IEA) review says that a major failure of the European Union's green-energy policy is a dearth of investment in research and development of new green technologies, which, the agency says, will be crucial in providing abundant and inexpensive clean energy. Just a few promising new technologies include wave buoys that convert sea-wave energy into electricity, cellulosic biofuels, dye-sensitized solar cells, and even third-generation photovoltaic (PV) modules that could bring the price of solar energy down to less than 20 cents per watt. Because the EU is still too reliant on a narrow range of relatively inefficient technologies, the proportion of renewable energy used in Europe today is only marginally higher than in the United States and Australia, which have not implemented any renewable-energy policy. Moreover, most of the green energy in...