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Wind power in France

Wind turbines in Champagne-Ardenne.

France has the third largest wind resources in Europe after Germany and the United Kingdom. Électricité de France, the main French electricity generator and supplier in France plans to increase its capacity to 10 GW in the year 2010.

The French government plans to produce 21% of its electricity consumption with renewable energy in 2010 to comply with European directive 2001/77/CE of 27 September 2001. This means that France has to produce 106 TWh of renewable energy in 2010 when it only produced 71 TWh in 2006. Wind power represents 75% of the 35 TWh additional production in 2010.[1]

Wind turbines in Aude
Wind turbines in the Aveyron department of the Midi-Pyrenees region of France

Installed capacity

An additional 1042 MW were installed in 2014, bringing France's total to 9285 MW,[2] making France the 8th largest wind energy [3] producer
Total installed capacity [4]
Year MW GWh
2000 68 -
2001 95 -
2002 148 -
2003 248 -
2004 386 -
2005 757 -
2006 1,567 -
2007 2,455 -
2008 3,404 -
2009 4,492 -
2010 5,970 -
2011 6,640 -
2012 7,564 -
2013 8,254 -
2014 9,285 -

A 67 MW capacity can also be added for the DOM-TOM regions.


  1. ^ source: Jérôme Gosset et Thierry Ranchin: Bilan et prospective de la filière éolienne française) [1]
  2. ^ European Wind Energy Association website 2/2015
  3. ^ "Global Wind Statistics 2013". Report. Global Wind Energy Council. February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  4. ^

External links

  • Mott MacDonald Sustainability Group Lenders' Engineer for Plantina Finance project in France
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