A new tariff order for electricity produced by wind turbines with storage in cyclonic areas will take over bids with storage launched in 2010 and whose winners were selected in February 2012.

While professionals welcome this as they had been waiting for several months, the Union of Renewable Energies (RES) fear the methods used for the implementation of this rate does not produce all the expected effects in terms industrial benefits for the industry.

Indeed, unlike the draft order which was submitted by the Government to the Supreme Council of Energy in December, Guyana and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are not eligible for this new tariff. However, Guyana, the absence of hurricane risk is outweighed by the humid equatorial climate, which makes the operation and maintenance of wind turbines more expensive, said the union.

The same is true for the fee schedule, including proposed in December by the Government level amounted to €245/MWh. This tariff level, already relatively high compared to the results of the tender last year, the projects had tax benefits was decreased further to €230/MWh and that, without tax benefits. Associated with binding conditions in terms of decay rates beyond the first ten years of operation of the facility, these provisions may still according to the SER, at least initially, to limit the focus of industrial innovation and the development of new projects only on the areas most heavily windy.

“The overseas regions, which he again should be noted pioneer in the field of renewable energy, are the basis for developing systems that often are widespread in France. If the new fare seems insufficient to decisively stimulate a sustainable and innovative development of wind power in all of these areas, however, it will restart an activity virtually stopped since 2007,” said Jean-Louis Bal, President of SER, and Jerome Billerey, President of the Commission of the SER overseas regions.

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