The final version of France’s long-term energy plan, the Programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie (PPE, or multiannual energy programme) has confirmed plans for higher levels of offshore wind energy capacity
The plan, published on 23 April 2020, foresees 2.4 GW of offshore wind in operation by 2023 and between 5.2 GW and 6.2 GW in operation by 2028.
France Energie Eolienne deputy chief executive Matthieu Monnier told OWJ the targets are the same as those outlined in a revised version of the PPE published in January.
“We are happy with the targeted volumes, even if it could have been higher,” he said.
As highlighted previously by OWJ, early drafts of the PPE were deeply disappointing, and included only a small volume for offshore wind energy in the next decade (between 4.7 GW and 5.2 GW) and small and irregular numbers of tenders. None were listed in 2021 and 2022, and from 2025 onwards, the plan made room for only 500 MW of capacity – offshore or floating, depending on prices and the production potential – per annum.
That situation improved following the result of the 600-MW Dunkirk offshore wind tender in 2019, which saw costs fall significantly.