Basic and renewable energies? This is the conviction of France. “Great development” [ces] “Energy is the only way to meet our immediate electricity needs,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in February. An inexhaustible and carbon-free substance, it is one of the components of French energy independence and sovereignty. “Rebalancing our energy model, giving an important place to renewables, is a business that will pay off in the long run,” says Emmanuel Roulin, Marine Director Iberdrola Renewables France. However, there is an urgent need for action. According to the study Energy Futures 2050 From RTE, “Achieving carbon neutrality is impossible without significant development of renewable energies” (source).
France, the sixth global producer of wind energy
According to the Wind Energy Monitor, this energy accounted for more than 7% of France’s electricity production in 2021, making it the third source of electricity after nuclear (67.1%) and hydropower (13%). “France in 2021 was sixth in the world in installed capacity by country with more than 16 gigawatts” (source), recalls Thierry Fergnaud, Director of Onshore Iberdrola Renewables France. “It has about 3% of the installed capacity in the world while it has the second European source of wind,” he continues. To improve this performance, the Law on Energy Transition for Green Growth (LTECV) of 17 August 2015 sets a strict target: the share of renewable energies in total French final energy consumption, which is currently 23%, should be 32% in 2030. This number will only be reached thanks to the investments of world leaders in this sector such as Iberdrola.
Offshore wind turbines and agricultural energy
Iberdrola, the producer and supplier of green energies in France, invests in onshore and offshore wind energy. Since 2020, the group has also acquired 100% of the shares of Ailes Marines, a wind farm off Saint-Brieuc Bay. The latter will make it possible to produce 9% of Brittany’s electricity consumption. Emmanuel Rollin explains: “The annual production of these 62 wind turbines represents the domestic consumption of electricity for 835,000 inhabitants, including heating.” On the terrestrial side, Iberdrola is cooperating with players who develop technical solutions in agriculture, by installing power plants that can produce up to 10 megawatts, equivalent to the electrical energy consumption of more than 250 households, as well as in the cultivation of grain and in rural areas.
If the energy transition is necessary to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality, are the French ready to take on this challenge? To find out, Iberdrola chose to question them, via a study by Ifop, about their knowledge and perceptions of this renewable energy and its energy future. The findings, discussed during the morning of reflection on June 15, will make it possible to identify topics and issues that require clear answers. It takes that because the study shows that 53% of French feel unfamiliar with the different dimensions of the wind energy sector, its economic and environmental impacts, as well as the technical and scientific issues it raises. “For all these reasons, we have decided to give the floor to several stakeholders, experts or highly committed, in order to provide a detailed analysis and decipher the issues of the moment,” explains Reginald Thibaut, General Manager of Iberdrola Énergie France. .
Make renewable energy tangible
To break with preconceived notions, Iberdrola works for an informed debate while raising awareness among the general public of the importance of renewable energies. For this reason, in parallel, the group is organizing from 15-16 June in partnership with students from the School of Engineering in Junia, an operation to raise awareness. At the Miromesnil metro station in Paris, wind turbine blades will replace the access gate rails. By activating the mechanism, users will generate energy, which is also green. Reginald Thibaut explains: “Turtles become useful and useful objects by embodying the production of green energy, making them measurable and tangible.” Target? Show the virtuous nature of such a simple gesture.