Wind energy production capacity in France 2008-2019

 Between 2008 and 2019, the wind power production capacity in France grew steadily from 3,403 megawatt up to more than 16,000 megawatts. In 2017, the scenarios projected by WindEurope estimated France to become the second biggest country in terms of installed wind energy capacity.  

Onshore and offshore wind power in France

Wind power installations can function both onshore and offshore. The French onshore wind energy capacity has been estimated by IRENA at 13,111 MW in 2017, whilst Germany had wind power installations accounting for 50,291 MW the same year. Similarly, the offshore wind power capacity in Germany amounted to 969 MW, against only 2 MW in France in 2018.    

Renewable energy opportunities in France

Despite its vast Atlantic coastline, France still has a low wind power capacity, as opposed to countries like the UK or Ireland where the world’s biggest offshore windfarm was inaugurated in 2018. Despite this, the wind energy sector accounted for 22 thousand jobs in France, which could increase with the development of offshore wind farms as a contribution to the extension of renewable energies.

Total wind energy production capacity in France between 2008 and 2019

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2008 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The renewable power capacity data presented in these tables represents the capacity net generation of power plants and other installations using energy sources renewable sources to produce electricity. For most countries and technologies, the data reflect the installed and connected capacity at the end of the calendar year. "

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