Gerard Mestrallet, chairman and chief executive officer at GDF Suez, said in Paris Friday that there was a significant potential to expand wind power in the country.
“Reaching the 1,000 MW mark in onshore wind power in France demonstrates the commitment and ambition of GDF SUEZ in renewable energies, and our determination to develop efficient, economical and environment-friendly power projects in French heartland,” he said in a statement.
The European Union has bloc-wide ambitions to decarbonize the economy by the middle of the century. The French government set of goal of 6,000 MW of installed wind turbines capacity by 2020. As of last year, at least five offshore wind farms are planned for the French coast. GDF Suez said it aims to have 2,000 MW of onshore wind power installed in the country by 2016.