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Major fears about proposed energy law amendment

An amendment to the draft law on energy currently going through parliament proposes that only wind power plant with a generating capacity of over 30 MW and built in areas identified by the industry ministry for wind development should be eligible for fixed premium purchase prices. The Economic Affairs Committee, which introduced the amendment, argues that as the draft law stands, under which all plant over 12 MW may sell their output for guaranteed premium prices, it will lead to scattered development of larger projects and fails to ensure national renewables targets can be met. The French Wind Association estimates that if the law is passed with the amendment, the vast majority of projects currently under development will be abandoned. The bill was to receive its second reading in the National Assembly on March 23, before proceeding to the Senate. André Antolini of the Renewable Energy Syndicate says that, if adopted, it would signal the "death of the wind industry" in France.

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