Macron works to boost renewable energy, now lagging behind neighbors

9/22/2022 3:38:00 PM
 Emmanuel Macron, President of France, addresses the 77th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
 photo: AP/Seth Wenig
France is a nuclear power, and its energy strategy has long relied on developing nuclear power.

The move comes after Russia's frustration with its losses in Ukraine and its only resort to reducing or entirely cutting off European customers from its energy. Also, winter is approaching, and experts warn of a disaster if Europe continues to subsist on the current energy level. 
"We will have to be able to produce up to 60% more electricity than we do today," he stressed, noting that decarbonizing this electricity will be the major challenge, Euractiv reported. 

French President Emmanuel Macron was set to unveil a plan on Thursday to boost renewable energy in France, including offshore wind farms and solar power, as the country is lagging behind most of its European neighbors. 

France set the goal to build about 50 offshore wind farm facilities in 2050 in France, according to ABC News. 

Macron wants the country to gain more independence in terms of electricity production. The president went on a boat Thursday to visit France's first offshore wind farm off the port of Saint-Nazaire in western France, Associated Press reported. 
In a speech later that day, the French presidency said he was to detail a range of measures meant to facilitate and accelerate renewable energy projects.
Hopes to end the war in Ukraine are not insight, and countries across Europe have resorted to unilateral and Union-wide efforts to gain access to energy to survive the coming winter.


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