EU clears France's state support for floating wind turbine tests

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February 26 (Renewables Now) - The European Commission (EC) has given the green light to the French government’s plans to provide subsidies to four floating offshore wind farm demonstration projects with a combined capacity of 96 MW.

In a press release on Monday, the EC said that the state aid was in line with European Union (EU) regulations and will promote the use of renewable electricity, helping France meet its climate goals, without “unduly distorting competition.”

Each of the four projects that will benefit from the support will use three or four turbines with a total installed capacity of 24 MW. The Groix Belle Ile plant will be located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the other three, namely Golf du Lion, Eolmed and Provence Grand Large, will be set up in the Mediterranean Sea. All of them will use a specific combination of turbine, floater and cables so as to test the different technologies prior to deploying them on a larger scale. The wind turbines will be linked and will interconnect through an underwater cable.

The French government will back the pilot schemes both with an investment and operating aid. The level of aid granted will be proportionate and will avoid overcompensation for the beneficiaries of the public support, the statement says.

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