As of 1 September, France had over 12.8GW installed capacity, all of which is onshore, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data vision of Windpower Monthly.
New environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, shelved plans for a French offshore zone in August, but with French companies, including Ideol and Dietswell developing floating projects, France could soon open its offshore account, however, Dickson added.
The country trails Germany (52.8GW total installed capacity), Spain (23.1GW) and the UK (16.2GW).
But uncertainty in Spain and the UK meant France was well-positioned to overtake the two countries with more installed wind capacity, Dickson said. Meanwhile, in Germany, the latest auction rounds have also created obstacles for the industry.
“Of course the German market will remain,” he added. “It is the only government which has already established regulations for onshore and offshore wind that have gone to parliament.
“But as we know they had problems with the auctions. They wanted to target community projects, but they don’t know exactly when these projects will be installed.”