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France aims to remove bureaucratic barriers to onshore wind

The French government aims to double the volume of onshore wind ahead of 2023 to upwards of 26 GW. The development will be helped along the way with measures including a simplification of rules and getting rid of protracted, fruitless complaint cases.

Former climate activist Nicolas Hulot was appointed minister for the ecological and inclusive transition last year in Emanuel Macron's government. He is also considered the country's energy minister. | Photo: /ritzau scanpix/Michel Euler

Last year, 1,692 MW wind power were connected to the grid in France. While this is more than any other year and brought the total French capacity up to almost 14 GW, France is still lagging relatively far behind Europe's other large nations. Only around 5 percent of French electricity is covered by wind, whereas this stake comes to almost a third in the UK or Germany for example.

The French government now wants to change this. By the end of 2023, the capacity of onshore wind will be doubled to the range of 21.8 GW to 26 GW with a new ten-year plan authored by the deputy minister for the ecological and inclusive transition Sébastien Lecornu. However, this plan is not so much about state subsidies and similar funding schemes, but more about easing the installation of wind turbines.

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