France aims for one third renewable energy by 2030

France has submitted its final 2030 National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) to the European Commission, which outlines its aim to have renewables providing 33% of its total energy needs.

This target would translate into a 40% renewables penetration into the power sector by 2030, with wind energy set to deliver half of this percentage.

The NECP foresees up to 34.7GW of onshore wind in 2028 and up to 6.2GW of offshore wind capacity by 2028 on the back of the competitive price delivered in the 2019 Dunkirk offshore tender.

France is also banking on cost reductions in the floating wind sector, with 750MW auctions of floating wind scheduled by 2022. The first auction for a large-scale floating wind farm is planned for next year.

“However, implementation remains key. Sticking to the foreseen auction schedules in the COVID-19 recovery phase is the first step to deploying the wind energy volumes necessary to fulfil national objectives,” said regional wind advocacy group WindEurpe in response to the NECP.

“The simplification of administrative procedures and planning constraints for new and repowered projects should also be tackled as a matter of priority,” Wind Europe continued.