France considering changes to wind tendering mechanism

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January 23 (Renewables Now) - The French government is considering a new geographic criteria in its tenders for wind power capacity.

The ministry of ecological and solidarity transition presented on Wednesday plans by a recently formed working group, tasked with streamlining the expansion of wind in the country. In its first meeting, the group has outlined major ideas, based on industry proposals, that seek to “harmonise” the deployment of wind capacity across the country.

Among these is the introduction of certain geographic criteria in the competitive tenders for wind projects and the adoption of a bonus system for encouraging the installation of wind turbines in under-equipped regions. Other proposals call for the wider promotion of crowdfunding campaigns and involvement of local communities in the projects.

The recycling of wind turbine components and a revision of the financial guarantees for the sector are also part of the proposals.

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