Offshore wind : Macron confirms the 6 projects !

Emmanuel Macron announced during his visit in Bretagne on Wednesday 20th June that an agreement between the Government and the industrialists concerning the continuation of the project of installation of the six offshore wind farms in France, after a renegotiation of electricity and public subsidy tariffs.

The 20 off shore wind turbines have a total capacity of 40 MW and deliver about 4% of the energy need of Copenhagen.

Middelgrunden offshore Wind farm. © Lars Plougmann

Six offshore wind farms will eventually be off the coast of France. During a visit to Cap Fréhel (Côtes-d’armor) near Saint-Brieuc, where one of these parks is to be built, President Macron confirmed the continuation of those six projects.

They are the first of their kinds in France, whose ambition is to create a French industrial sector. This green light puts an end to a stand-off between the state and the operators (EDF, Engie, General Electric, Sea wings…), the winners of tenders launched in 2011 and 2013.

The electricity produced by those future wind turbines will be sold to the operators at a price fixed in the tenders. This is the price that the state has decided to revise downward. “The negotiation helped to reduce the public subsidy by 40% and to have a rate adjustment of 30%,” said Emmanuel Macron. This means that we will save, over the period, 15 billion euros of public money for the same projects, the same ambition, the same size of projects ‘.

These parks should be built between the end of 2021 and 2024, on the extinction of all remedies filed by opposition associations. They could create up to 15 000 direct and indirect jobs in Brittany, Normandy and the Pays de la Loire according to the Renewable Energy Syndicate, which also rejoiced in its turn for the presidential announcement.

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