France will run out of puff in aim for more wind farms

France set to fall short of agreement to boost wind power capacity by 2020

France is set to fall short of its commitment to have 25,000MW (25GW) of wind energy capacity by 2020 with protests delaying projects for years, meaning that there are only 12GW of wind turbines currently in place across the country.

Total wind capacity across Europe makes wind the second largest power generator after gas – it overtook coal last year, nuclear in 2013 and oil in 2007 – but France is lagging behind other countries. It is fourth in European rankings behind Germany (50GW), Spain (23GW) and the UK (14GW).

Last year France put a record 1.5GW on line but ...

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