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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 04:29 PM
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France Seeks to Expand Wind Power
Source: Wall Street Journal

The French government on Monday announced the launch of a 10 billion ($14.26 billion) tender offer to build five offshore wind farms, in a bid to boost the country's renewable-energy industry and reduce its longstanding reliance on atomic power.

The wind farms, which will comprise some 1,200 wind turbines off the north and west coast of France, should generate 3.5% of the country's electricity output, the French ecology and industry ministries said. The initial tender will be followed by a second in April 2012. The farms will come online between 2015 and 2020.

The long-awaited tender is part of a wider government push to make renewable energy account for 23% of total energy production by 2020. It also comes as France's government is under increasing pressure to reduce its dependence on nuclear power.

Atomic energy generates around 80% of France's electricity needs, but following the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan, and with the 2012 presidential elections looming, political support for the energy source is beginning to waver. France's historically pro-nuclear Socialist Party is negotiating an electoral alliance with the country's green party, Europe Ecologie, which has campaigned to completely exit nuclear energy.

The wind-farm project not only soothes voter concerns but also could help spur the creation of a French national champion in wind energy, analysts said. Compared with its neighbor Germany, France has been slow off the mark in rolling out renewable energy, which currently accounts for 12.4% of its energy output, compared with Germany's 16.9%.

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Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303678704...
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 04:31 PM
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1. Related information
Some related threads:

France to rebalance its energy mix in favour of renewables
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

2008: French environment minister said 2nd EPR would be "marginal" for electricity production
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

April 2011: French Nuclear Safety Authority cannot rule out moratorium on Flamanville reactor
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

July 2011: France includes nuclear power exit among options (three quarters of French want full exit)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

France phasing out nuclear even if they don't know it, "peak nuclear" was around 2006:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 05:22 PM
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3. Since France is a net power exporter

...the production figures would be more interesting than their domestic consumption figures.
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 05:21 PM
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2. Just great... soon we'll be importing expensive foreign wind
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 05:48 PM
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4. We saw shitloads of wind farms driving through Eastern France a couple of years ago.
I wish we were that 'slow.'
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