Nicolas Wolff – former Vestas Western Mediterranean chief and current European general manager for Boralex – has been elected as the new president of French wind energy association FEE, succeeding Olivier Perot.
Wolff became vice president and general manager of Vestas Western Mediterranean in 2016, after a career with the Danish wind OEM from 2007. In April this year Wolff took up his post at Canadian utility Boralex, which is active in the French wind market.
“We must now prepare the industry for its future by improving the tendering process and by deploying new development models such as corporate PPAs,” Wolff said after his election.
Wolff’s appointment comes as the French government is discussing raising its 2028 wind target to 40GW from the 34.1-35.6GW stipulated in the latest version of its ten-year energy plan, according to local media.
French ecological transition minister Élisabeth Borne offered her support for the wind sector during the FEE assembly that chose Wolff.
“Wind power is a pillar of the energy transition. The sector will be able to count on government support to facilitate its deployment on land and at sea and its acceleration,” Borne said.
France at the end of the third quarter had 15.9GW in installed wind power capacity, according to renewables federation SER, after adding 240MW in new capacity during the three month period.