Total buys 74% stake in Direct Energie in €1.4bn deal

It aims to have more than six million French customers and one million Belgian customers by 2022

EDF to invest €8bn in energy storage by 2035

It aims to develop 10GW of additional electricity storage projects globally over the next 17 years

France to commit €700m to solar energy group

The International Solar Alliance aims to mobilise $1 trillion of solar energy funding

Vattenfall forms alliance for French wind project

It has teamed up with French financial institution Caisse des Dépôts and German wind developer WPD to bid in an offshore wind tender in France

Costs fall in French onshore wind tenders

Costs have fallen in the latest tender for onshore wind projects in France. That’s according to new data released from the country’s government, which shows 22 projects have successfully secured a total of 508MW in clean capacity. The weighted average winning price was €65MWh (£58), lower than the current tariff of €72MWh (£64) for smaller projects […]

EU greenlights six backup power schemes

The European Commission has approved six schemes for backup electricity to ensure security of supply. It said the power capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland comply with the rules aimed at preserving competition in the single market. The schemes in Belgium and Germany are for strategic reserves, which keep certain generation […]

UN partners with French startup to fight car emissions

The UN has partnered with a French startup company in a bid to fight emissions from cars. WeNow has developed a “smart box”, helping drivers to monitor their emissions, giving advice on reducing their fuel usage and compensating the remaining emissions by supporting green projects. It has joined Climate Neutral Now, a UN initiative that […]

France to say ‘au revoir’ to coal by 2021

France has announced it will shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2021, solidifying the country’s stance in the fight against climate change. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, accelerated the timetable for the phase-out by two years – his predecessor, Francois Hollande, originally set the deadline for shifting to cleaner sources of generation by […]

UK-France pledge closer ties on climate change, nuclear decommissioning

The UK and France have pledged to work together on civil nuclear decommissioning and climate change. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark with with French minister earlier this month and committed to working more closely on research and innovation across various sectors including artificial intelligence and space. Mr Clark highlighted the importance of sharing knowledge […]

Siemens Gamesa supplies 500MW offshore wind site

Siemens Gamesa is to supply its latest 8MW turbines to an offshore wind project in France. The 500MW Saint Brieuc project off the coast of Bretagne will use 62 of the structures, which have blades nearly 82 metres long. Their large size allows them to sweep across an 18% larger area and generate up to […]