French Wind Farms At Sea

French Wind Farms At Sea

The French are among those leading the way on renewable energy and new strides have been made as The European Commission announced that 4 French projects promoting electricity generation from renewable wind energy sources to be in line with EU State aid rules.

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The Commission approved French plans to support 4 demonstration floating wind farms for producing electricity. The “Groix Belle Ile”project will be located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the other three projects (“Golf du Lion”, “Eolmed”, and “Provence Grand Large”) will be located in the Mediterranean Sea. The floating wind farms will each be composed of 3-4 turbines will be installed in the sea on floaters which are interconnected with each other and connected to land through an underwater cable.

The Commission's 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy allow Member States to support the production of electricity from renewable energy sources at the least possible cost for taxpayers and without undue distortions of competition in the Single Market. The goal is that France will reach a renewable energy production level of 23% by 2020.


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