France increases its offshore wind supply target to 8.75 GW

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April 27 (Renewables Now) – The French government has raised its offshore wind energy supply target to a maximum of 8.75 GW from 4.7 GW-5.2 GW previously, planning to bring this capacity online. here 2028.

The enhanced target was unveiled in the country’s final energy roadmap, known as the Multi-Year Energy Program (PPE), released last week. The plan calls for the installation of 2.4 GW of capacity with targeted commissioning by 2023, while between 5.2 GW and 6.2 GW of wind farms are expected to become operational by 2028.

Tenders will begin this year with a 1,000 MWW round in the East Channel North Sea, while another 500 MW to 1,000 MW will be held in 2021 and 2022 for a South Atlantic area. An additional tender for a location that has not yet been identified is scheduled for 2023, targeting 1,000 MW.

Separately, three towers for a floating offshore wind capacity of 250 MW each will be held in 2021 and 2022. Of which 250 MW will be auctioned next year in Brittany and two other 250 MW areas will then go on sale in the Mediterranean. . According to the official document, France will tender 1,000 MW of offshore wind capacity each year over the 2024-2028 period, including fixed and floating projects.

The country’s ultimate goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels and to increase the share of renewable energy in its gross final energy consumption to 33%.

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