France falls short of wind power goals

France struggling to meet wind energy goals

France set a goal of installing 1,300 megawatts of wind energy in 2012 but only met about half of that goal. Bureaucratic hurdles, the cost of installation and local opposition are continuing to halt the wind energy industry in France from making major strides, Bloomberg reported.

The 2012 wind capacity levels of between 650 MW and 750 MW are also as much as 20 percent less than seen in 2011, the article stated. France officials have said they want 23 percent of the country's energy coming from renewable energy sources by 2020. Currently about 3 percent of electricity is produced by wind turbines. About 75 percent comes from nuclear energy.

France's wind capacity is significantly less than neighboring countries. As of the end of 2011, France had 6,800MW of installed wind capacity, compared to the 29,000 MW in Germany and the more than 21,600 MW in Spain, Bloomberg reported.

French power company EDF just launched a 48 MW wind farm in northern Poland - a country that has about 2,000 MW of installed wind energy.

Wind energy in France is explored at PennEnergy's research area.

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