The photovoltaic park at Les Mées, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, covers 36 acres (photo: dpa)

New ‘green’ policy could weaken influence of France’s energy market

France has announced an energy policy aimed at halving its total consumption by 2050. It includes creating more renewable energy, insulating homes and increasing the use of electric cars. But critics say the bill, due for discussion by Parliament, has many hidden costs. They claim that relying so much on renewables is probably risky and could weaken France as an important energy player in Europe.

FRANCE has a new energy policy in the pipeline. Segolene Royal, the new Environment Minister, presented a bill which has been validated by the Council of Ministers and will be discussed in Parliament in autumn 2014....

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Dr. Emmanuel Martin
Germany's energy transformation plan ended up with the re-opening of the dirtiest coal-fired power plants, needed to take over when there is no wind or sun, sending CO2 emissions back to their 1990 level
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