Syndicat des Énergies Renouvelables

French Renewable Energy Association

The Syndicat des énergies renouvelables (SER) is the main French industrial association for renewable energy, and brings together all sectors in this field: wood and biomass, biofuels, marine renewables energies, wind energy, geothermic energy, hydroelectricity, solar thermal and photovoltaic energy. The activities of the SER are focused on the development of renewable energy in France, and on the promotion of the interests of the industrialists and professionals of the sector. The wind commission of the SER gather about 200 companies. In constant relation with the state and the administrations, they actively participate in the elaboration of the positions of the offshore wind sector in France.

Syndicat des Énergies Renouvelables
13-15, rue de la Baume
75008 Paris
France

Jean-Louis Bal
+33 (0)1 48 78 05 60
www.enr.fr
contact@enr.fr
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The Syndicat des énergies renouvelables (SER) is the main French industrial association for renewable energy, and brings together all sectors in this field: wood and biomass, biofuels, marine renewables energies, wind energy, geothermic energy, hydroelectricity, solar thermal and photovoltaic energy. The activities of the SER are focused on the development of renewable energy in France, and on the promotion of the interests of the industrialists and professionals of the sector. The wind commission of the SER gather about 200 companies. In constant relation with the state and the administrations, they actively participate in the elaboration of the positions of the offshore wind sector in France.

French offshore wind objectives

The French energy transition law (2015) and connected regulatory texts has set a range of targets for the development of offshore wind in France: by 2023, for fixed offshore wind, France should have installed the 3,000MW already assigned by the two firsts tenders, and launched new calls for tenders for a maximum of 6,000MW capacity. For floating offshore wind, new call for tenders should be launched in the coming years following the four pilot projects (of 24MW each) under development since the fall 2016. The French Renewable Energy Association asks for even more ambitious targets i.e 15,000MW of fixed offshore wind and 6,000MW of floating offshore wind by 2030.

Fixed offshore wind market is expanding in France

After the two first tenders (2010 and 2012) concerning six wind farms of 500MW each, the French government has selected in 2016 two new areas, one on the Atlantic coast and the other on the Channel - North Sea coast.

Evolution of the tender procedure for fixed offshore wind

With the latest tender, the authorities and professionals are experimenting a new competition procedure that should enable cost reductions. The first stage of this process consists in the selection of candidates based on their financial and technical capabilities. The specifications of the tender is to be written during a competitive dialogue between the selected candidates and the government in a second stage. At the same time, environmental studies are conducted in the area of the future wind farms.

France is a pioneer market in floating offshore wind

With the attribution of four pilot projects in floating offshore wind and many companies entering the market, France is one of the leading country in the development and installation of this technology.

A growing industry

As the installed capacity of onshore wind increases and the industrial phase of the offshore wind projects shows up, the French wind industry is growing. Onshore and offshore wind industry represent more than 18,000 direct and indirect jobs in more than 600 companies in both onshore and offshore wind. Supported by regional clusters and by the national initiative Windustry France (led by the SER and supported by the State), the French industry is getting more involved in the wind sector.

Moving on

The offshore wind and marine renewable energy working group of the French Renewable Energy Association are actively participating in the design of the legislative and regulatory framework for the offshore wind sector. In constant contact with political authorities, ministerial cabinets, the administration and the potentials stakeholders, the SER is promoting the interest of its members on a wide range of specialties such as economic, industrials, politics or legal issues.

 
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