The EU Parliament has voted for a 30% binding target for RE by 2030 as well as national targets to achieve the binding target. The EU Parliament also voted for a 40% reduction in greenhouse gasses as well as a 40% increase in energy efficiency measures. Comment: The right direction for the EU but to be truly effective similar measures must be adopted by other countries and regions and these measures must be rigidly followed. In the US an all-of-the-above (conventional and renewable) energy technology will not do enough to mitigate climate change and unfortunately, coal continues to be the go-to energy choice in many countries. Also, if the EU is truly committed to these goals money needs to be committed to manufacturing (cells and modules) as well as deployment. Concerning this last, support systems that reward local manufacturing are worth considering. Other methods, tariffs and price setting rarely work and almost always come too late to be of significant help in addressing the problems of local industries. Once you start down a slippery slope, climbing back up is almost impossible and historically, the warning signs are usually ignored.
Concerning slippery slopes … the ongoing US trade war has divided the US PV industry into warring camps, both arguing about potential job losses. Banding together to fight a common goal — conventional energy (coal, oil, natural gas) would be a more worthy battle. Should the sides work together perhaps the US congress could be pressured to encourage US manufacturing via some sort of reward system (stronger than those in place currently). The US, Europe and other region need manufacturing as well as deployment (construction) jobs.