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UFE/Press review of 08/09/17

State Secretary Sébastien Lecornu clarifies the energy transition contracts
According to Contexte, Sébastien Lecornu, State Secretary to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, would like to enlarge the scope of the energy transition contracts in order to include energy, biodiversity and waste management. Moreover he would like to take the « rural contracts as a model » as they do not require a large amount of the central state budget. « As soon as 2018 », an experimentation phase could take place in « a dozen of local areas ».
Source: Contexte, September 8th, 2017
The French sustainable development commission (CGDD) published the 2016 assessment of renewable energy in France
According to the last Data Lab of the CGDD, the share of renewable energy represents 15.7% of the final consumption in France in 2016, primarily thanks to the increase of biofuels, heat pumps and wind energy. The development of solar energy and biomass also contributes, to a lesser extent, to the renewable energy share. However, the development of renewables installations should increase in the future, in order to meet the final energy consumption target of 23% renewable energy by 2020. In the electricity sector, the 2016 temporary data show that renewable energy represents 19.1% of the energy mix whereas the 2020 objective is 27%.
Source: Data Lab of the CGDD, September 1st, 2017
France and Germany reinforce their cooperation to promote the energy transition
On September 4th, Brune Poirson, State Secretary to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, met in Berlin her German counterpart, Rainer Baake, to discuss the strengthening of the Franco-German cooperation on the European energy transition. In the light of the ongoing negotiations on the Clean Energy Package, the two State Secretaries expressed their support to « a reliable regulatory framework at the European level, integrating ambitious objectives for energy efficiency and renewable energy ». The initiative « Smart Boarder » was also introduced during this meeting. This initiative will aim to create a cross-border smart grid. B. Poirson and R. Baake also expressed their willingness to work together on renewable energy tenders as well as on a strengthened carbon price.
Source: Press release of the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and Contexte, September 5th, 2017
The European Commission will publish a new impact assessment for the directive on the promotion of energy from renewable sources
In response to the MEPs request, M. Wörsdörfer, Director at DG ENER in charge of renewables, research, innovation and energy efficiency, has announced the publication of a new impact assessment on the directive relative to renewable energy. This impact assessment will take into account the lower cost trend of renewables’ installations. The MEPs criticized the previous impact assessment, as it was based on data from 2014 but used by the Commission to define the 27% renewable energy objective by 2030. M. Wörsdörfer acknowledged that the new study, to be published in the coming weeks, could impact the ambition of the directive.
Source : European Parliament, September 4th, 2017 and Contexte, September 6th, 2017
The French government presents a law to stop granting oil exploration licenses
On August 23rd, 2017, the French government presented its draft law to stop granting oil exploration licenses in France to the Energy Transition National Council (CNTE), which issued a positive opinion. The Council members welcomed the willingness « to ban fossil fuels and engage in carbon-neutrality ». This draft law will soon be presented to the Ministerial Council, before discussion in the Parliament. Nicolas Hulot, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, hopes the law will be adopted during Fall. The draft law plans to stop immediately the exploration for « non-conventional oil » and progressively for « conventional oil ». According to the CNTE, the gradual implementation will contribute to «support companies and local areas in their reconversion ». The CNTE also asked the Government to develop the coming energy transition contracts, in order to support the employees that will be impacted by the law.
Source : Actu-Environnement, August 25th, 2017

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