The French Government is to double its target for offshore wind to 1 GW per year having finally recognised that costs have fallen significantly
The French Government is to double its target for offshore wind to 1 GW per year having finally recognised that costs have fallen significantly.
In a speech to the National Assembly in Paris on 12 June 2019, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the tender for the 600-MW Dunkirk offshore wind project demonstrated that costs continued to fall. A number of international energy companies responded to the tender, the results of which will be announced shortly.
Responding to the decision, Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables president Jean-Louis Bal highlighted the Prime Minister’s commitment to “massively develop renewable energy, especially offshore wind.”
He noted that the Prime Minister also declared that developing offshore wind energy is “a good thing for the price of electricity, for our industry and for our planet.”
“We are very pleased with the government’s decision, which demonstrates the maturity of offshore wind technology and the leading role it will play in the French energy mix,” Mr Bal said.
The offshore wind market in France has been plagued by a top down approach to local content that has driven costs up, lengthy delays in the permitting process for Round 1 and 2 projects and by a review of the tariffs awarded to early projects.
Earlier this year, France Energie Eolienne reiterated its concern that the French Government’s target for offshore wind energy was too low, despite proven cost reductions that have been achieved.
On 25 January 2019 the French Government released its energy roadmap for the next 10 years, as part of its strategy for energy and climate.