With Europe’s second-largest wind potential, a positive industrial context and apparent support from the government, France’s wind industry should be thriving. Yet with total of installed capacity of 16.6GW, and just one 2MW pilot project offshore, the country lags behind several of its European neighbours. When industry leaders gathered in Paris at French renewable energy trade body SER’s annual conference in February, they were clear about the one persistent hurdle hampering wind development: regulation. “Regulation is the problem. France is one of the most difficult countries: it’s a great country but we need the support of regulators,” Alfonso Faubel, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s onshore division told delegates. “Governments are not there yet, we need to change our mindset,” echoed Morten Baek, from Denmark’s climate ministry.
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