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Renewable energy courses could be in demand if new target is agreed

There may soon be increased demand for renewable energy courses when details of sustainable power targets are finalised.

Currently, the aim is for European Union (EU) countries to generate 20 per cent of their electricity from green sources by the year 2020, but no concrete plans are in place for the years that follow.

Depending on what sort of deal is agreed in Brussels, the services of tradesmen who have completed renewable energy courses could soon be in greater demand, particularly following recent comments by Connie Hedegaard, the EU climate change commissioner.

Speaking to the Guardian, she said: "We should be discussing a renewable energy target for 2030. We need to have ambitious targets."

Ms Hedegaard stressed that EU members must avoid becoming locked into a need for fossil fuels.

However, government support looks set to be vital in this area of policy, with the Financial Times reporting that certain solar power projects in Cornwall are coming to a halt due to a change in strategy by prime minister David Cameron and his cabinet.

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