With the “renewable energy acceleration” bill, French people living near a solar power plant or a wind farm could benefit from reduced electricity rates. The objective is to make the establishment of new production sites more attractive and easier to accept for local residents, in order to boost the development of renewable energy in France.
It may soon be possible to be compensated when you live near a wind farm or a solar power station. The law project acceleration of renewable energiescurrently being studied by players in the sector with a view to a presentation to the Council of Ministers in mid-September, is considering a measure in this direction to make renewable energy more attractive, reports The Parisian.
In many regions such as Larzac, Saint-Brieuc or in Maine-et-Loire, many locals are indeed opposed to new production sites. These are judged noisy, destroyers of biodiversitynatural resources and landscapes, potentially dangerous to health, and a source of falling property values and tourism.
Reduced electricity bills
To partially resolve this lack of appeal, the future bill provides for better share economic gains with local residents generated by these sites. These renewable energies generate a number of revenues, explains the office of the Prime Minister. These could be redistributed to people who are directly concerned by the visual presence of these means of production.
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According Le Figaro, this would result in a reduced electricity rate for local residents. The bill also provides for the reduction and facilitate the necessary administrative procedures setting up a renewable energy site, and installing solar panels on land owned by the state, such as highways and certain roads.
The objective is in any case clear: to enable France to meet its European commitments and to increase renewable energy from 20% of gross final consumption 30% by 2030. The bill will be debated in Parliament in October 2022.