The Market for Offshore and Onshore Wind Energy in France until 2030

The development of wind energy in France is compared to other European countries still far behind. So far, only onshore wind farms have been installed although the first call for tenders for offshore wind farms took place in 2004 and the construction of the first Offshore Wind Farm was already approved in 2008.

The French government aims at building a total wind capacity of 25,000 MW by 2020, splitted between 19,000 MW onshore and an offshore wind capacity of 6,000 MW. Currently, the first call for tenders for Offshore Wind farms is going on and many consortiums are being set up by big French utilities. The authorization procedures for onshore Wind Farms were tightened up so that the Onshore target appears as unrealistic and too ambitious. The planned study “The Market for Wind Energy in France until 2030” presents actual and future developments of the offshore and onshore wind energy in France by depicting the general context and planned capacities. This allows the examination of the market expansion according to different scenarios.

In addition, the study provides answers to the following questions:

  • What is the current approval procedure of wind farms?
  • Which are the drivers and barriers to the expansion of the market?
  • What is the current situation in the call for tenders for Offshore Wind Farms?

Ziel und Nutzen der Studie

Based on the planned Wind Farm Projects (Offshore and Onshore) in France, this study provides an analysis of the development of capacities and prices in the market for wind energy in France. In addition to a quantitative analysis of the market shares and volumes, a qualitative approach presents the general framework of Offshore Wind Energy in France.


wind:research uses a variety of field and desk research methods. In addition to extensive intra- and internet-database analyses (including magazines, publications, conferences, annual reports, etc.), about 60 interviews take place with the following target groups:

  • equipment manufacturers
  • suppliers
  • project developers
  • experts
  • energy utilities and grid operators