FRANCE RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

In France, electricity from renewable sources is promoted through a feed-in tariff and tax benefits. The generation of heat through renewable energy plants is promoted through several systems of energy subsidies, tax regulation mechanisms as well as through a zero percent-interest loan. The main support scheme for renewable energy sources used in transport is a quota system. Furthermore, biofuels are supported through fiscal regulation. FRANCE RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

The use of the grid for the transmission of electricity from renewable sources is subject to the general legislation on energy. There are no special provisions for electricity from renewable sources. As far as heating and cooling is concerned, public distribution of heat in France is a competence of the local or regional authorities. The procedure of grid connection is at the same time also the procedure for grid development, since the construction of a plant must occur simultaneously with the construction (development) of the district heating grid. FRANCE RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

There are various policies aiming at promoting the development, installation and use of RES installations in France, including training programmes, certification schemes or RD&D programmes.

ELECTRICITY

Support schemes

In France, electricity from renewable sources is promoted through a feed-in tariff and tax benefits.

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Grid issues

In France, the use of the grid for the transmission of electricity from renewable sources is subject to the general legislation on energy. There are no special provisions for electricity from renewable sources.

More about grid issues

Policies

The following policies aim at promoting the development, installation and usage of RES-installations: There are 2 training programmes for RES-installers; 4 certification schemes for PV installations, solar thermal plants, wood-heating systems and heat pumps; one research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programme; a building obligation for the use of renewable heating and two support schemes for RES-H infrastructures.

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HEATING AND COOLING

Support schemes

In France the generation of heat through renewable energy plants is promoted through two systems of energy subsidies, two tax regulation mechanisms as well as through the granting of a zero percent-interest loan.

More about support schemes

Grid issues

In France, public distribution of heat is a competence of the local or regional authorities. In order to promote the use of renewable energies, territorial collectivities are entitled to classify heating networks located in their area, provided they are supplied with at least 50% of heat from renewable energy sources. New and renovated buildings located within a classified area are obliged to be connected to the heating network.

The procedure of grid connection is at the same time also the procedure for grid development, since the construction of a plant must occur simultaneously with the construction (development) of the district heating grid.

More about grid issues

Policies

The following policies aim at promoting the development, installation and usage of RES-installations: There are 2 training programmes for RES-installers; 4 certification schemes for PV installations, solar thermal plants, wood-heating systems and heat pumps; one research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programme; a building obligation for the use of renewable heating and two support schemes for RES-H infrastructures.

More about policies

TRANSPORT – MOBILITY

Support schemes

The main support scheme for renewable energy sources used in transport is a quota system. This scheme prompts companies importing or producing petrol, gas or diesel fuels to ensure that biofuels make up a defined percentage of the company’s total annual sale of fuel. Furthermore, biofuels are supported through fiscal regulation.

More about support schemes

Source and more information on: RES LEGAL

Further information

  • Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l‘Energie (ADEME) – Environment and Energy Management Agency
  • +33 241 204 120
  • ADEME website
  • Electricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF) – distribution grid operator
  • +33 247 802 572
  • ERDF website
  • Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (SER) – Association for Renewable Energy
  • +33 148 780 560
  • SER website
  • Portail de l’Economie et des Finances – Economy and Finance Portal
  • +33 140 04 04 04
  • website
  • Administration des Douanes et Droits Indirects – Customs Administration
  • +33 172 40 78 50
  • website
  • Ministère de l’Ecologie, du Développement durable et de l´Energie – Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
  • +33 14 081 212 2
  • website
  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) – French National Research Agency
  • +33 178 09 80 00 + Tend Hotl
  • ANR website
  • Qualit´EnR, Portail des installateurs d´énergies renouvelables – Qualit´EnR, Portal
  • +33 148 78 70 90
  • Qualit’EnR website
  • Qualibat, Qualification et certification des enterprises de construction – Qualibat, certification of construction companies
  • +33 147 04 26 01
  • Qualibat website

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