All the countries of the European Union, 18 states of the USA, 3 provinces of Canada implement actions for renewable energy development, WorldWatch Institute reported. Renewable projects exist not only in industrially developed countries. There are similar projects in Brazil, India, China, Dominican Republic, Mali, Philippines, China, Thailand, and many other countries.
The countries, trying to avoid oil, gas and coal dependence, plan to receive from 5% to 30% of energy from such alternative sources as water, wind, biomass and the sun by 2010. Austria has the most ambitious plans, as the country expects to cover 78% of its energy needs with renewable energy by 2010. Sweden plans to cover 60%, and Latvia – 49.3% accordingly.