25.8% of the electricity consumed in France during the winter of 2020-2021 came from renewable sources, tells us the ORE Agency (Operators of Energy Networks), which brings together all the French players in the electricity and gas distribution.
According to government strategy, wind power has yet to develop
Good performance for renewable energies! During the first quarter of 2021, renewable energies contributed 25.8% to the coverage of electricity consumption in France by producing 36.1 TWh of renewable electricity, a figure down 4% compared to in the same quarter in 2020.
Most of this energy was supplied by the wind farm. As of March 31, 2021, it reached 17,910 MW, with 317 MW connected during the first quarter of 2021. Over one year, growth amounts to 1,175 MW. It should be noted that the Pluriannual Energy Programming (PPE) provides for the French wind farm to continue to develop: at the end of 2023, the PPE is targeting a 24,100 MW farm for the onshore wind sector. The achievement rate for this target is currently 74.2%.
The French hydroelectric park in good shape
The French solar park is also very strong: its power of 10,990 MW as of March 31, 2021, of which 634 MW were connected in the first quarter of 2021, which constitutes a quarterly record for 10 years. Over the last twelve months, 1,317 MW of solar installations have been connected. Solar has nevertheless a longer road to cover than wind power in order to reach the objective set by the PPE, namely 20,100 MW by the end of 2023. In other words, in the years to come France must double its solar park.
Finally, the hydroelectric park has a connected capacity of 25,503 MW (25,726 MW with Corsica), up only 19 MW over one year. Regarding the hydroelectric park, the objective set by the PPE has almost been achieved since it aims at 25,700 MW (excluding Corsica) by the end of 2023.