France Energie Eolienne (FEE) has reiterated its concern that the French Government’s target for offshore wind energy is 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.
FEE said it remains concerned that the level of ambitions for offshore wind is far too low. Although slightly below the levels sought by industry, the FEE said the targets announced for onshore wind provide enough visibility for further development and job creation.
“The maximum 6 GW retained in the government roadmap for offshore wind is far too little,” said the FEE “and will deprive France of an industrial, economic, energy and environmental opportunity that we are unlikely to encounter for a long time.”
The FEE said some progress had been achieved in terms of the visibility of future rounds of offshore wind and the programming of tenders through 2024. It said target prices included in the plan are an acknowledgment by the government of the competitiveness of wind power.
“The results of the Dunkirk call for tender will demonstrate the competitiveness of offshore wind in France, and the FEE will continue to work with the government to ensure that this competitiveness and the jobs related to the sector are taken into account and that targets for offshore wind are increased,” it said.
FEE president Olivier Perot said, “The government has told us on several occasions that the competitiveness of offshore wind power is a key element in its development in our country. The Dunkirk call for tender will unambiguously show just how competitive it is, which should make it possible to reopen discussions on the level of offshore wind in the energy programme.”
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