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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.
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.”

Link to the original source: https://www.smart-energy.com/renewable-energy/france-eu-commission-approves-six-new-offshore-wind-farms/