France's renewable energy sector faces obstacles to growth
Jul 25, 2013 - France is facing difficulties in meeting its target for share of renewables in the energy mix due to several obstacles, according to a report from the Court of Auditors released today.
The government has fixed the objective of 23% of green energy in the total gross consumption by 2020, versus 10.3% in 2005.
The first obstacle identified by the Court is represented by high production costs.
While nuclear energy costs are of EUR 49.50 (USD 65.30) per MWh on average, wind power costs between EUR 62 and EUR 102 per MWh and thermal solar energy costs up to EUR 689 per MWh, according to France's environment and energy management agency ADEME.
Furthermore, the lack of financial support and assistance by the state hinders the development of renewable energies, the Court said.
The state's expertise in the sector is insufficient, the judicial system is not conducive and subsidies and credit facilities are variable.
In order to achieve its targets, France needs to launch a long-term strategy, according to the report.