On 14 May 2007 the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) called upon the EU to expand its ambitions and increase its regulatory efforts to remain a world leader in solar power. The EPIA raised concerns that a future framework directive on renewable energy (part of the Commission's "Energy Policy for Europe") will be weaker than existing legislation that provides for specific targets for electricity produced from renewable energy sources. According to the EPIA, the directive should impose mandatory sector-specific targets for Member States, who should commit themselves to respecting these targets by: (i) refraining from harmonising support schemes which are currently left to Member States; (ii) simplifying administrative procedures to install and operate solar power plants; and (iii) ensuring fair access to the electricity grid for photovoltaic power and other renewable-energy sources. Solar power accounted for only 0.7 per cent of renewable energy consumption in 2005.
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