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France’s Lower House Adopts Renewables Bill Opposed by Investor

  • Bill calls for creation of go-to, no-go areas for renewables
  • Rules would limit solar developments in forests, farmland

France’s lower house of parliament adopted a bill aimed at accelerating the development of renewable energies, though critics such as billionaire investor Jacques Veyrat have said it would actually slow onshore wind and solar projects.

The government’s bill, significantly amended during parliamentary debates, was presented last year as a way to quickly lower France’s dependence on fossil fuels after Russia started reducing gas shipments to Europe. Concern over possible energy shortages also grew because of prolonged nuclear reactor shutdowns for maintenance and repairs.