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EDF EN picks up pace in France

FRANCE: EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) aims to accelerate growth in its domestic market, adding 5-6GW of renewable capacity by 2030.

EDF EN is planning to increase its share in French wind to 15% (pic: EDF EN/JP Rickelin)
EDF EN is planning to increase its share in French wind to 15% (pic: EDF EN/JP Rickelin)

Much of this will be wind power, with the group expecting to make up 15% of the country's installed onshore capacity by that date, compared to 10% today.

"The political context ... gives renewable energies a growing role," explained EDF EN's director of France and distributed energy, Nicolas Couderc.

Demonstrating its growth, EDF EN recently commissioned the 66.5MW Montagnard Ardechoise plant, and has a record 165MW of wind under construction or due to start building by the end of 2017, for commissioning by mid-2018.

The group also announced the purchase of two projects totalling 84MW, both consented, in partnership with Arkolia Energies.

"We plan to do more partnerships ... to allow a more diverse pipeline," Courderc said.

EDF EN would also consider buying operating plants, and plans to start repowering its older facilities.

The developer also reports positive results from its trial of "stealth blades" to reduce interference on radar at its Ensemble Eolien Catalan facility alongside Vestas and Qinetiq.

"The impact on the radar was below the threshold set by Meteo France," Couderc added.

The technology has now been approved for use, EDF EN said, opening up areas where deployment is currently blocked.

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