While the Senate will consider easing regulations for wind late October after the vote of the National Assembly 55% of companies in the industry agree that the amendment of the legal framework is a priority, according to a survey conducted by France and GreenUnivers Wind Energy at the national symposium wind, on 18 October in Paris.

The suppression of the development zones of wind (ZDE) has already been announced by the Government. Additional measures in mind the most awaited revision of the rule 5 poles – which requires the installation of at least 5 parks turbines – is requested by 76% of managers. Abandonment was passed in the National Assembly, but has yet to be ratified by the Senate. Behind, 74% of managers require passage of an authorization scheme ICPE a reporting regime.

Moreover, securing the purchase price of onshore wind is currently pending, as is requested by 82% of companies.

If 2011 and 2012 were years of crisis for French wind farm, with a decrease in new facilities (1,150 MW connected to the grid in 2010, 875 MW in 2011 and 700 MW in 2012 estimated by France Wind Energy), companies the industry sector expect a reboot in 2013 thanks to the flexibility being adopted.

While 50% of managers reported that their sales fell in 2012, 37% believe it will increase in 2013 against 34% who think it will go down to 29% it will remain stable.

Finally, 37% of companies plan to increase their investments in 2013, 34% feel that they are stable and 29% down. In terms of employment, caution prevails: 66% expect stability in 2013.

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