The European Parliament has voted to extend the "successful" 2020 renewable energy target to 2030.
MEPs, however, condemned the retrograde changes to renewable energy support taking place in several EU Member States, saying that they are detrimental to investor confidence.
“Parliament has once again recognised what a strong renewables industry, driven by ambitious targets, can do for Europe's economy, jobs, energy security and the climate,” said Stephane Bourgeois, head of regulatory affairs at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
“The European Commission must heed the Parliament's support for a target when it publishes its Green Paper on 2030 energy policy in the next few weeks.”
The European Commission Green Paper is due out on 27 March.