Massively deploying renewable energy is possible if all the sources are harnessed and all local actions are encouraged as a number of legal developments at both European and French levels demonstrate: recognition of energy communities in the June 2018 EU Directive and encouragement of participative projects in the 2015 French Act on the energy transition for green growth.
What does developing local renewable energy resources while achieving 100% RES by 2050 at national level actually involve? What role must the State play to ensure a successful energy transition that benefits all the players and maintain a balance between territories? What measures are needed to encourage local control of renewable energy projects?
In both the EU and France, despite a more favourable legal framework, barriers to the proliferation of such projects exist in all areas. How can they be overcome?
- Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government's Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands
- Pierre Loaec, Policy Officer, European Commission - DG ENERGY
- Virginie Schwarz, Director of DGEC (Energy and Climate General Directorate), French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition
- Alenka Doulain, Regional network facilitator – EC’LR (Energie citoyennes locales et renouvelables – local and renewable community energy) – Occitanie Region
- François Brottes, Chairman of RTE management board
Anne Bringault, Energy transition coordination, CLER/RAC