A Franco-German declaration signed in Paris on 21 July could see the countries collaborate in the realisation of offshore wind and other renewable energy initiatives.
The declaration noted that France and Germany believe co-ordination in the field of EU energy policy should be complemented by concrete projects and measures.
It welcomed the fact that the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in Germany will be closed “as soon as possible” and said that as part of their co-ordinated climate and energy strategy, both countries will launch initiatives to realise a part of their respective national renewable energy deployment through joint pilot projects, such as the development of offshore wind in the North Sea.
The declaration also said France and Germany agreed to work on requirements for implementing a test project for cross-border renewable energy auctions.
France and Germany are also committed to increasing their interconnection capacity, and to strengthening internal networks that currently constrain capacity.
The European neighbours also plan to work together on batteries and other forms of energy storage and strengthen co-operation on hydrogen.
“France and Germany see the European energy transition as a huge opportunity to deliver modernisation, innovation, digitalisation and job opportunities,” the declaration said, noting that Germany will phase out its last nuclear power plant by the end of 2022 and “continuously increase its share of renewable energies.”