Paris — French President Emmanuel Macron wants to significantly accelerate the expansion of renewable energies, he said on Thursday.
"I want renewable projects to be realised twice as fast," Macron said at the official commissioning of France's first offshore wind farm near Saint-Nazaire.
He said laws should be adapted and procedures accelerated to produce green power more quickly.
"Our neighbours have been much faster than us," Macron said, referring to others who expanded wind power production more quickly.
By 2050, France wants to create around 50 offshore wind farms with 40 gigawatts of capacity, he said.
The first wind farm off the coast of Saint-Nazaire in western France is to cover the electricity needs of about 300,000 people with 80 wind turbines and a capacity of 162 megawatts.
Macron also wants to expand onshore wind power, which so far is only being generated in a few regions in France.
At the same time, Macron confirmed that he intends to expand nuclear power in France with six to eight new power plants planned.
"Exclusively renewables or exclusively nuclear, it doesn't work," Macron said.
He first outlined the nation's dual strategy during a speech on energy policy in February.
With its 56 nuclear power stations, France is the second-largest generator of nuclear power in the world following the United States.
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