Renewable electricity as a percentage of gross electricity consumption, 2007. According to the renewable electricity directive (2001/77/EC), the overall EU-27 target is a share of 21.0 % of renewable electricity in gross electricity consumption by 2010. In 2007, the share was 15.6 %. Within the EU-27, only Germany, Denmark and Hungary have already reached their targets and according to the latest progress report, EU-27 is likely to miss the 2010 target.
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The renewable electricity directive (2001/77/EC) defines renewable electricity as the share of electricity produced from renewable energy sources in total electricity consumption. The latter includes imports and exports of electricity. The electricity generated from pumping in hydropower plants is included in total electricity consumption but it is not included as a renewable source of energy. Large hydropower plants have a capacity of more than 10 MW.
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