Sep 4, 2012 - The French wind power sector is currently facing a critical situation, which in turn threatens thousands of jobs, sector organisation France Energie Eolienne (FEE) said today, urging the government to take urgent measures for the industry.
According to FEE, the situation has been critical since May 12, 2012, when France's highest administrative court Conseil d'Etat demanded from the European Union Court of Justice to give an interpretation of the wind power tariff decree, in force since 2008.
The judicial procedure, however, may last 12 or even 18 months which causes uncertainty that the financing for wind power projects in France may be blocked.
This threatens not only existing jobs but future investments in the wind energy sector as well, according to FEE.
The organisation considers that at present the French wind power sector employs 11,000, while by 2020 the number of people working for that industry is expected to climb to 60,000.