France explores low-carbon path to 2050

Renewable energy could account for about 38% of electricity generation in France by 2030, according to estimates from French environment agency ADEME

Renewable energy could account for about 38% of electricity generation in France by 2030, according to estimates published by French environment and energy agency ADEME ahead of a national debate on a low-carbon path to 2050.

The agency foresees 33 gigawatts of photovoltaic power by 2030. Onshore wind power capacity would grow to 34GW. Offshore capacity would reach 12GW.

This is higher than predictions issued last year, mainly due to the new government's pledge to reduce nuclear power's contribution. According to ADEME, nuclear capacity would reach 32GW by 2030 compared with 66.3GW before.

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