New European project helps EU meet its renewable energy targets at lower cumulative costs

editor, 23 March 2011

The project “Cost-efficient and sustainable deployment of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) towards the EU 20% target by 2020, and beyond (RES4LESS)” was approved by the EU Programme Intelligent Energy Europe and has officially kicked-off in January 2011.

ECN and NRG express their sympathy

The main objective of the RES4LESS project - "more renewable energy in Europe at less cost" - is to develop a Roadmap to a cost effective deployment of RES in the period up to 2020 and 2030. The result will be more renewables against lower cumulative cost as compared to the Member States’ "do it yourself’ approach in reaching the national renewables targets.

Through a combination of scientific research and wide-reaching stakeholder consultation, the project will deliver a methodology to identify and promote the development of renewable energy Valleys of Opportunity, under the different cooperation schemes indicated by the Directive 2009/28/EC. It will furthermore address grid issues of developing such Valleys of Opportunity and what needs to be done at EU and national level to trigger cooperation between Member States. The key results will be summarized into a final Roadmap for the deployment of RES for the time periods 2010 to 2020 and 2020 to 2030.

Other important activities within the project will be to provide input to the NREAP progress reports and offer technical assistance to the RES Concerted Action initiative.

ECN coordinates

RES4LESS is 2-year collaborative research and development project, coordinated by the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). Consortium partners include: Technical University of Denmark (DTU)- Denmark, IT POWER- UK, Enviros - Czech Republic, Institute for Applied Ecology (Oeko Institute)- Germany, Centre for Promotion of Clean and Efficient Energy in Romania (ENERO), CIEMAT - Spain.

Additional information about the project can be obtained soon from and from the project coordinator (ECN) via: Paul van den Oosterkamp (e-mail:, tel. +31 224 564036.


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