France: EU Commission approves six new offshore wind plants


The European Commission has approved the construction of six new offshore wind farms off the coast of France, to be built over a three-year period, starting in 2019.

The six farms, Courselles-sur-Mer, Fécamp, Saint-Nazaire, Iles d’Yeu/Noirmoutier, Dieppe/Le Tréport and Saint-Brieuc – will be built starting in 2019, and are expected to start operations in 2022.

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The farms’ individual generation capacity varies between 450W and 498MW, and will consist of between 62 to 83 turbines. The projects will be supported by the government’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) programme over a 20-year period.

A press release from the Commission notes that the projects are in line with EU energy and climate goals, and will benefit carbon emission reductions in France.

It added: “The Commission has concluded that the measures will encourage the development of renewable energy and will help France meet its climate targets, without unduly distorting competition.”