June 13 (Renewables Now) - France has boosted its installation target for offshore wind power capacity to 1 GW annually as costs in the sector are falling down, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Wednesday.
As part of its 10-year energy plan, a draft of which was released in January, the country aims to almost double its installed renewables capacity to 113 GW by 2028, aiming to cut its reliance on nuclear power and phase out coal. France’s offshore wind capacity is planned to be 2.4 GW in 2023, reaching between 4.7 GW and 5.2 GW in 2028.
“Today, the project off Dunkirk shows that costs fall even faster when projects are well set up,'' the PM said in a policy statement to the National Assembly, adding that this trend has prompted the government to speed up the pace of future tender rounds. The forthcoming 600-MW tender has already attracted the interest of international players, CRE, the French energy market regulator, said in April.
Edouard Philippe confirmed the plan for the closure of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant by end-2020 and France’s goal to lower the share of nuclear in its power mix to 50% by 2035.