France to boost renewable energy production

02 Sep 2010
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France to boost renewable energy production

Renewable energy is set for a major boost in France, with reports suggesting that as much as 3,000MW of wind power could be generated in the country by 2015.

According to AFP, France is planning to build around 600 new wind turbines in the regions of Pays de la Loire and Languedoc, as well as in Normandy and Brittany.

Offshore wind energy could also be an area the French government - led by prime minister Nicolas Sarkozy - looks to develop, with a target set of 6,000MW from offshore wind farms by 2020.

If the 3,000MW of renewable energy target is hit, enough power would be generated for more than 1.3 million homes in the country - equivalent to the populations of Marseille and Lyon combined.

France does not currently have any offshore wind turbines and it is expected to look to the renewable energy targets of Denmark for guidance.

The Swindon Advertiser reported last month that plans to build new wind turbines in Wiltshire are being opposed by South Marston Parish Council. 

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