France has been given the go-ahead to build three new renewable energy projects that will help progress towards its 23 percent of production target.
The European Commission has approved three schemes to support electricity production from small-scale onshore wind, solar and sewage gas installations in France under EU state aid rules. The schemes will allow France to develop more than 17 additional gigawatts in renewable energy.
The onshore wind scheme has a provisional budget of €1 billion per year, the solar scheme has a provisional budget of €190 million per year, and the sewage gas development scheme has a provisional budget of €58 million per year. These measures will help France achieve its 2020 target of producing 23 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources.
The three projects comprise:
The Commission assessed all three schemes under EU state aid rules, in particular its 2014 Guidelines for energy and environmental state aid, which ensure that the use of public funds is limited and there is no overcompensation. It concluded that the measures will boost the share of electricity produced from renewable energy sources, in line with the environmental objectives of the EU, while the distortion of competition caused by the state support is minimised.