Towards2030 Issue Paper No.3: What will be the main challenges for the design of renewable electricity policy in the EU? (February 2015)

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Both EU and national policymakers face a difficult task: how to support renewable electricity deployment successfully (i.e. effectively and efficiently) in the short and medium terms and, in particular, in a 2030 horizon. This Policy Issue focuses on the challenges related to policy design (choice of renewable electricity instrument and design element) for future (2030) renewable electricity policy in Europe. The challenges identified are of different types, and include technologically-related challenges, macroeconomic challenges, those associated to the current policy discussion, to administrative barriers and social acceptance. Furthermore, this report proposes some policy measures to mitigate the problems associated to those challenges, focusing on instruments and design elements.