The French government has maintained its target of 100MW installed capacity by 2023 for wave and tidal as it kicks off plans for commercial tenders off Brittany and Normandy.
Two deployment zones are being identified by regional authorities in Brittany and Normandy. The zones will accommodate projects of 50-100MW.
The tenders will be subject to a competitive tender managed by the French government. The competitive dialogue procedure will be launched later in 2017.
Paris said it expects 2GW of marine to be allocated in public tenders by 2023 with 100MW installed by that time.
Ocean Energy Europe chief executive Rémi Gruet said: “France has a world-leading tidal energy supply chain, these new tenders could leverage the experience recently gained in other parts of Europe to push tidal energy to commercialisation."
“These tenders are an important step to mainstreaming tidal energy in Europe”.