|France’s Energy and Ecology minister Segolene Royal wants to create 100,000 green jobs within the next three years. Photo credit: Philippe Grangeaud via Flickr.|
France’s current electricity mix is heavily dominated by nuclear and hydropower, but in recent years solar and wind power have started to have a big impact on France’s energy production. Several new wind and marine energy projects have also been planned, a lot of them in the region Brittany which is one of the most windy regions of France. The country is also planning to move into the offshore wind sector, having set a target of six gigawatts (GW) of marine energy to be added by 2020. In the coming years, the added share of renewables will gradually start to phase out some of France’s nuclear capacity undoubtedly pleasing anti-nuclear activists who have claimed that the country’s ageing nuclear power plants pose a serious risk of a nuclear fall out.
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