Former Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate

Research Interests:

  • renewable energy
  • energy efficiency
  • electricity grids
  • European energy policy


Michel Cruciani was associated to Ifri's work at the Center for Energy & Climate from 2009 to 2020. Michel Cruciani was also a Senior Advisor at the Centre of Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials (CGEMP), University Paris-Dauphine, where he contributed in particular to studies, conferences, and publications, while teaching a course on Renewable Energy for students in the "Energy, Finance, Carbon" Master's programme. 

Michel Cruciani graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers. Prior to the CGEMP, he worked at Gaz de France (Technical Services, then Economic Studies), CFDT (Member of the Board of Gaz de France, then Deputy Secretary General of the Federation of Gas and Electricity), and finally within Electricité de France (Department of European Affairs). In these positions, he followed the liberalization of the gas and electricity industry in the United States and in Europe, as well as the rise of environmental concerns, leading to the adoption of climate policies, a new role for nuclear energy and the promotion of renewable energy. 

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Europe has become a frontrunner in fixed offshore wind. Can this success story be replicated with floating offshore wind, a technology that would lift the sea depth constraint and thus open up wider market opportunities? This research study looks at the main success factors for this emerging...


The North Sea is the cradle of the global offshore wind industry. The favourable wind patterns in the Southern part and the low depth of water have created an enabling environment for the construction of the first wind turbines in the world.  Public policies have progressively encouraged...


The European Union is about to adopt new renewable energy targets for 2030. While going beyond the initially-planned 27% is absolutely feasible, the EU strategy can only be credible if it is based on a good mix between performance and effort obligations, and also includes possible review...


The study analyses the European rules designed to promote renewable energy, highlighting their innovations and the difficulties they will raise. The study highlights the consequences of some of the measures envisaged and pays particular attention to the electricity market.


After a century of close development between power generation facilities and networks, the liberalisation of the electricity sector has broken this link in Europe. Long-distance transmission networks now play a key role in stimulating competition between generators by giving consumers access...

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