The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.
Untitled Document

Hollande Raises Renewables Stakes

French president Francois Hollande has made an outspoken call for investment in renewable energy.

Without such financial backing for renewables, the world is heading for an environmental “catastrophe,” he said at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi today.

But it’s not the comments themselves that are interesting here – instead it is who’s making them: the leader of Europe’s nuclear powerhouse.

When he won the election last year, Hollande had already stated his desire to see a reduction in France’s reliance on nuclear power, but these are his most high-profile remarks yet about supporting renewables.

"If we don't act – if we don't do anything, if we don't invest anything – we can be sure that we will have a catastrophe very soon. We have to have confidence to invest in the new energy. We can act together to create this world of renewable energy,” he said.

He added it was “economic duty” to push for further use of renewable power generation. “We are obliged make our planet liveable for the next generation,” he said.

And he backed up his words with action, as French Energy Minister Delphine Batho signed a deal with Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, chief executive of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, which will pave the way for Masdar to work with French firms and institutions on the development of renewables.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “France and the UAE are equally committed to making a concerted effort to address energy security and sustainability. The two countries are making bold investments in large-scale renewable energy projects and developing carbon reduction strategies.”

Hollande’s government is upping the stakes in renewable energy – already it has the sixth largest wind capacity in the world and has set a target of producing 23 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020.


Untitled Document

Get All the Renewable Energy World News Delivered to Your Inbox - FREE!

Subscribe to Renewable Energy World Magazine and our award-winning e-Newsletter to stay up to date on current news and industry trends.

 Subscribe Now


Coal plant

US Clean Power Plan Will Double Coal Plant Closures

Jim Snyder and Tim Loh, Bloomberg A new government analysis of President Barack Obama’s signature effort to fight climate change affirms what critics s...

The New Normal? Renewables, Efficiency, And “Too Much Electricity”

Clint Wilder, Clean Edge Just over a decade ago, the state of California faced serious concerns about whether its utilities could generate and...

Engineering Possibilities Versus Practical Implementation: Utility Portfolios and Business Models

Renewable Energy World Network Editors Europe’s utilities are re-evaluating their business models due to the energy transition. Members of POWER-GEN Europe’...

Bosnia and Herzegovina Power Market Outlook to 2030 - Market Trends, Regulation and Competitive Landscape

Pramod Dige The Report Bosnia and Herzegovina Power Market Outlook to 2030 - Market Trends, Regulation and Competitive Landscape ...


Customized Energy Solutions Executes Agreement with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (“MassCEC”) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”) for Important Energy Storage Study

Customized Energy Solutions (CES) has entered into agreements with Massachusetts Clean ... Welcomes Jennifer Delony as Associate Editor

PennWell Corporation is pleased to announce that Jennifer Delony has joined the company...

CleanTX Releases New White Paper on the Future of Texas Solar in Texas

We love this new White Paper from our clean energy partners CleanTX

Sun Xtender® Launches New Website at

The newly designed website for Sun Xtender solar batteries is now live on the World Wid...


energy efficiency

Beyond the Trend: Maximizing the Impact of Your Energy Efficiency Solution

A revolution is happening in the energy sector. From the new regulations pushed out earlier this summer by the EPA’s ...

Northeast States Create Cap-and-Trade Program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Northeast states have worked together for several decades to address air quality issues and, more recently, climate c...

Why the Solar PV Industry Should Love Geothermal Heat Pumps Pt 2

It’s a marriage made in heaven: Solar PV and Geothermal Heat Pumps Part 2 of a 6-Part Series Prevailing Heati...

Park District Goes Solar, Saves Big While Preserving Open Space

Not only do community parks provide green space for recreation and leisure, they also increase property values, attra...


Kelvin Ross is Deputy Editor of Power Engineering International magazine and its associated publications – Middle East Energy and the Global Power Review. Previously, Kelvin was News Editor at UK online news site Energy Live News, Production Edito...


Volume 18, Issue 4


To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:


Tweet the Editors! @jennrunyon



Solar Power Asset Management and Performance

SEIA and SEPA collaborated with industry leaders to present the first ev...

Solar Power Northeast

  From the team that produced Solar Power Southeast and the sol...

JuiceBox Energy Certified Installer Class

JuiceBox Energy is rapidly building out its national certified installer...


Join us at the New Solar Power Northeast

From the team that produced Solar Power Southeast and the sold out P...

SPI Brings Out The Best In Solar

Phew…...those cross-country flights sure take a lot out of a guy....

The Grab Bag Rides Again

Pregame When I was sports editor for the college newspaper, I wrote a co...


Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now