The first hints of the future shape of renewables support in France emerged this week via discussion papers issued by energy minister Philippe Martin that include potential reforms to the feed-in tariff system.
Martin has sent seven "preparatory documents” to members of the
National Council for Energy Transition (CNTE) – the body overseeing
a fundamental review of national energy policy – after months of
debate and ahead of a draft bill later in the year.
Among the measures outlined are a role for feed-in premium
tariffs to supplement the sale of renewable power at market prices,
and the creation of a new organisation to manage power-purchase
contracts, reports French newspaper Les Echoes.
But Martin cautioned that the measures up for discussion have
not even been the subject of interdepartmental debate.
French wind energy body FEE also said the debate is still at too
early a stage to draw any firm conclusions.
Renewables industry bodies have become increasingly concerned
that uncertainty around the reforms is hampering growth of
clean-energy in the country.
Presentation of the bill by France’s Council of Ministers is
expected to occur during the second half of June, with a view to
adoption by Parliament by the end of the year.