France sets wind energy record

FRANCE: On 11 November, wind energy covered 5% of the electricity needs of France for the day, setting a new record.

France sets new wind energy record

Strong winds over the whole country pushed this up to a peak of 7% at one point during the night, when the power output reached 3885MW, according to data provided by the grid operator RTE.

"The turbines were operating at over 70% of their total power," says the Renewable Energy Syndicate (SER), a trade association. SER notes the electricity generated represents "nearly twice the average consumption of a city such as Paris."

Current installed capacity in mainland France stands at just over 5.1GW.