Wind power in France

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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

Total installed capacity early 2010 (9/1/2010, other updates see link 2) : 4,521 MW

As of the end of 2012, total installed capacity was 7564 MW

Wind power capacity in France
Region 28 August
2006
(MW)
1 September
2007
(MW)[3]
Centre 244 315
Languedoc-Roussillon 215 281
Brittany 168 254
Lorraine 100 208
Picardy 86 193
Champagne-Ardenne 102 157
Pays de la Loire 46 104
Rhône-Alpes 90 103
Auvergne 39 92
Nord-Pas de Calais 72 87
Midi-Pyrénées 33 83
Overseas department 27
Territoire d'outre-mer 24
Lower Normandy 26 50
Upper Normandy 16 36
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 29 31
Poitou-Charentes 12 21
Corsica 18 18
Limousin 9 9
Aquitaine 0 0
Burgundy 0 0
Franche-Comté 12 0
Alsace 0 0
Total France 1 300 2 042

A 67 MW capacity can also be added for the DOM-TOM regions. This represents 1.718 wind turbines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ source: Jérôme Gosset et Thierry Ranchin: Bilan et prospective de la filière éolienne française) [1]
  2. ^ European Wind Energy Association's web page March 2013
  3. ^ Syndicat des énergies renouvelables

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