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EC approves support for six offshore wind farms in France

Thursday, August 1, 2019

In July, the EC approved measures to support six French offshore windfarms (i.e., “Courselles-sur-Mer”, “Fécamp”, “Saint-Nazaire”, “Iles d’Yeu / Noirmoutier”, “Dieppe / Le Tréport” and “Saint-Brieuc”), claiming that “the measures will help France reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition in the single market”.

These are the first offshore wind projects selected to receive support from France through feed-in tariffs over a period of 20 years. Each of them would be made up of 62 to 83 turbines with an installed capacity of 450 to 498 MW per windfarm. The construction of the first windfarm will start in 2019 and all of the windfarms are expected to be operational by 2022, thereby increasing the French RES portfolio by 3 GW.