Imagine a future in which Europe derives virtually all its power from thousands of windmills and other sources of renewable energy. Meanwhile, smart electricity grids and refitted buildings prompt such big gains in energy efficiency that overall consumption falls even as the economy grows. These virtuous developments, in turn, lead to a reduction in the proportion of energy Europe imports, from more than half to less than 40 percent.
Does that sound like a fairytale?
Apparently not if you work for the EU commission. This is the gist of the scenario painted by the Energy Roadmap 2050, to be published later this month. We are truly domed.