Support scheme for electricity produced from renewable energy sources (LOI n° 2015-992 du 17 août 2015 relative à la transition énergétique pour la croissance verte)

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 20 January 2017

The Energy Transition Bill has set up a new support scheme for electricity produced from renewable energy sources which consists of a feed-in-premium scheme. This scheme will be applied to installations which capacity larger than 500 kWc, in compliance with the European Commission regulation on state aid (applicable since January 2016).

Feed-in-premiums will be granted through 2 pathways either through :

  • direct contracting, where eligible technologies will be able to sign a contract for 15 to 20 years with a compelled entity, or
  • through competitive tenders, where only the winners will be able to sign a contract for 15 to 20 years.

 

Technologies eligible for direct contracting: hydropower under 1 MW, waste incineration, biogas from landfill and waste water treatment plant above 500 kW, geothermal power plants, onshore wind.

Technologies subjected to tendering: small hydropower  (1- 4,5 MW),  biomass, biogas above 500 kW, Solar PV above 500 kWc.

This programme is in force as of May 2016 with the publication of two decrees (n°2016-682 et n°2016-691). 

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