public debate for the siting of a 1 GW offshore wind farm off the coast
has progressed to its second phase.
The consultation is part of the new procedure (Société de confiance) for
public participation prior to deciding the location of the wind farm and
the competitive bidding procedure with the aim of reducing the level of
opposition experienced by the first generation of French wind farms. The
aim is to identify a final 300 km2 wind farm area from a macro-zone of
10,500 km2 to build the 1 GW wind farm which will likely feature 65-80
turbines with a rated power of 12-15 MW.
The first consultation phase, launched in November, was devoted to knowledge
sharing and open discussions on several major topics such as the coexistence
of the activities at sea, environmental impacts, visual impacts and the
The second phase will run until 28th March and will focus on the maps and
characteristics of potential areas for development. The third and final
phase of the debate will conclude in May.
The French Government recently increased its offshore wind ambitions which
was laid out in in the latest draft of the programmations pluriannuelles
de l’énergie (PPE) in January. The PPE sets out the country’s energy
strategy for the period 2019-2028 with the government aiming to have installed
between to 5.2-6.2 GW of offshore wind by 2028. The PPE sets out a tender
programme for an additional 1 GW fixed project to be tendered in 2021-2022
and 2023 and a second 250 MW floating project in the Mediterranean in 2022.
Annual tendering capacity from 2024-2028 for fixed and floating has also
been increased from 500 MW to 1 GW.
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