MIL-OSI Translation: Measures for a controlled development of wind power

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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

Source: Republic of France in French

Barbara Pompili announced a series of strong measures to frame the development of wind farms.

The Minister of Ecological Transiton, Barbara Pompili, announced ten measures around three main principles, for a deployment of wind farms compatible with the protection of biodiversity, heritage and landscapes and which guarantees better consideration of concerns of residents.

In addition, Prime Minister Jean Castex has already referred the matter to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council which will issue its conclusions by the end of the year. These will enrich these first measures.

An environmental and energy security emergency

The announcement made by the Minister of Ecological Transition is made in the context of:

action on climate change. France has set itself a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 with the Paris climate agreements ;
increase in electricity needs in the years to come due to the electrification of uses (transport, heating, industry, etc.)

Carbon neutrality means getting out of fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Today, “two-thirds of our final consumption in France is still based on oil and gas,” emphasizes Barbara Pompili.

The only solution to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality, “is to substitute fossil energy sources with carbon-free electricity,” says Barbara Pompili. A trajectory already underway with measures to develop electric vehicles, the installation of heat pumps or with financing for the production of green hydrogen, she recalled.

“The consequence of this electrification to decarbonise uses is an increase in electricity demand in the years to come”, underlines the Minister.

Electricity demand is expected to grow by around 20% within 15 years and 40 to 50% by 2050, according to projections by RTE (Electricity transmission network), operator of the public electricity transmission network.

“If we do nothing we will face a terrible scissor effect with, on the one hand, a strong growth in demand for electricity in the coming years and, on the other, production capacities set to decline due to the the end of life of a large part of our current generation fleet in the coming decades, starting with our nuclear fleet. “

Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological Transition

The development of renewable energies

In this context, the development of renewable energies (ENR), including wind power, is essential to decarbonize energy production and ensure our security of supply in the medium and long term. Barbara Pompili reminded him:

“There is no technical solution that can effectively decarbonise the production of electricity from fossils, gas or coal. […] the only solution to respond to this situation within 10 to 15 years is to massively develop renewable energies. There is no alternative to rapidly building massive capacity for the production of carbon-free electricity. “

Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological Transition

It is essential to develop renewable energies on a massive scale. All the levers must be activated at the same time. “All renewable energies: solar, hydraulic, wind – at sea as on land – by finding ways and means to control their development”, declared Barbara Pompili who recalled the indisputable place of wind power in the energy mix, particularly renewable energies.

The environmental and economic results of wind power are indisputable:

– in 2020, production by wind turbines prevented the emission of 17 million tonnes of CO2;

– over the past 5 years, the production costs of wind power have fallen by 25% to now stand at around € 60 / MGH. This is half the current market prices;

– the wind industry, it is 22,600 jobs.

“The development of onshore wind power, like all renewable energies, is essential to guarantee energy security and accelerate the fight against climate change. But it is my duty to find the ways and means to ensure its controlled, thoughtful, balanced and acceptable development. […] This cannot be done without the support of the territories and those who live there. “

Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological Transition.

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