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France sets 40% renewables target for 2030

FRANCE: Renewables will supply 40% of France's electricity in 2030, according to targets cited in the draft law on the energy transition presented to the cabinet last week.

Specific targets for each sector will be announced in the forthcoming multi-annual energy plan. The draft also confirms that the share of nuclear power will fall to 50% in 2025.

The bill allows for reform of the support mechanism for renewables to achieve greater market integration. One option is for producers to sell on the open market while also receiving a "top-up payment". The use of tenders will also be extended.

Another priority is to simplify the regulatory framework, notably by reducing the timeframe for appeals against offshore wind power projects and facilitating grid connections. New offshore zones will be announced in 2017.

The bill should be presented to parliament in the autumn and reach the statute book early 2015.

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