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France Shoot Up its Offshore Wind Energy target to 8.75 GW

Last Updated on 08th January 2024

After the public consultation held from January 20th, 2020 to February 20th, 2020, the Multi-annual Energy Plan (MEP) or Programmation Pluriannuelle de l’énergie (PPE) came into effect on April 23rd, 2020. 

The French government has lifted its offshore wind procurement target to a maximum of 8.75 GW from 4.7 GW-5.2 GW previously, planning to bring this capacity online by 2028.

The PPE has revised, which increased the planned operating offshore capacity from 4.7 GW to 5.2 GW to between 5.2 to 6.2 GW by 2028. The intended target of operating capacity for 2023 is 2.4 GW and 6.2 by 2028.

Envisaged Tenders:

·         In 2020, a tender will be released for 1000 MW offshore wind project in Manche Est Mer du Nord.

·         In 2021 and 2022, a tender would be released for wind farm between 500-1000 MW wind farm off the coast of Oléron.

·         Another 3*250 MW floating wind farm tenders will see in Brittany and the Mediterranean areas. (Three tenders for three separate 250 MW projects)

·         In 2023, another tender is expected to release for 1000 MW fixed bottom wind projects for which the location is not yet known.

·         From 2024, France might release 1 GW of tender, either floating or fixed bottom wind project, depending upon the prices and resources.

Multi-annual Energy Plan (MEP) or Programmation Pluriannuelle de l’énergie (PPE):

MEP/PPE was established by the French Energy Transition For Green Growth Act, which plans government strategic priorities in terms of energy policy. It is a rational action plan concentrated on completing the transition towards an energy system that is more efficient, more diverse, less wasteful, and more resilient.

·         For the first time in the history of France, it created a comprehensive strategy that caters to all the aspects of energy policy.

·         It assures the commitment towards the reduction of energy consumption through fossil fuels.

·         MEP also planned to quantitative objectives to develop all forms of renewable energy with the support of the national government.

·         MEP abides the national low-carbon strategy adopted in October 2015, which is a vital tool in honoring the Paris Climate Agreement.

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