President Hollande of France, whose popularity is sinking faster than Obama’s, is driving for more wind power. One has to ask why when France is so well covered by Nuclear and Hydro.
In fact the UK relies to an extent on French Nuclear and plans are afoot to put a new and additional 1GW inter-connector through the Channel Tunnel. History shows us that when a President’s popularity wanes he will come up with populist programs which in this case may be appeasement of the anti nuclear and green interests. However France has a grip on the UK energy market through Electricité de France(EDF) and we should be aware of machinations that side of the Channel.
It is of interest that, despite Lord Deben’s support(the kiss of death?), the company proposing the connection is arguing for more financial support and higher revenue protection. This exemplifies the whole electricity industry which is mired by subsidies which eschew the market and delay implementation whilst developers blackmail governments for a bigger share in the pot. Normally by fleecing the public! Rather than responsible companies, preference is so often directed to foreign owned carpetbaggers.