Etienne Thomassin appointed new General Manager to EDP Renewables France

Monday 03, April 2023
  • The new country manager will strengthen EDPR’s commitment to the country, where the company operates around 600 MW, between own installed capacity and operation for third parties. 

  • EDPR recently announced an investment of 20 billion euros in the energy transition, 40% of it dedicated to onshore technologies in Europe. 


EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), the fourth largest wind and solar energy producer in the world, has chosen Etienne Thomassin as new General Manager of EDPR France. Etienne Thomassin has a thorough experience in the energy sector and a deep knowledge of EDPR’s vision, as he was Head of wind development at the company from 2016 to 2021. 

Etienne Thomassin, 37 years old, has an engineer degree, an executive MBA from INSEAD and an international academic background. He started his career in charity work for the Telethon in Switzerland in 2008. He specialized in energy in 2010 as project manager in the renewable energy sector working in France for Engie Green, EDF Renouvelables and Elicio. More recently, he was leading the development of Luxel, an EDF Renouvelables subsidiary specialized in ground photovoltaic projects. He was also Regional Representative for Normandy for the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (SER) from 2020 to 2021. 

From now on, Etienne Thomassin will manage the French and Belgian business unit, counting on a pipeline of more than 150 MW in solar projects, and more than 500 MW in wind projects. The French business unit expects to have its first solar project in operation by the end of 2023. The company has more than 120 employees in France and is deeply committed to the French energy transition. 

“The latest IPCC report makes clear that while the battle against climate change is still winnable, time is running short. In France, renewable energy additions will be essential to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and support the Government’s acceleration plan. At EDPR we are committed with France and Belgium to reach the energy transition objectives thus significantly reducing the share of fossil fuels still consumed today”, noted Etienne Thomassin, General Manager of EDP Renewables France. 

Present in 28 countries, EDPR supports the energy transition and aims to deploy more than 4GW per year in renewable projects by 2026. The company will invest 20 billion euros in the coming four years in these projects, among which 40% will be allocated to onshore technologies in European countries. 

Last year, EDPR added more than 400 MW of wind and solar production in North America and Europe, including the company’s first hybrid park and the first one commissioned in the Iberian Peninsula, combining solar and wind energy.  

About EDP Renewables (EDPR) 

EDP Renewables (Euronext:  EDPR) is the world's fourth largest producer of wind and solar energy, with a presence in 28 markets in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. Headquartered in Madrid with major regional offices in Houston, Sao Paulo and Singapore, EDPR has a solid development portfolio with quality assets and a leading operational capability in the renewable energy market. Highlights include onshore wind, distributed and large-scale solar, offshore wind (OW - through 50/50 joint venture) and complementary technologies to renewables such as storage and green hydrogen.  

EDPR's employee-focused policies have seen them named a "Top Workplace 2023" in the United States, a "Top Employer 2023" in Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Romania, Portugal and Poland), Greece, Colombia and Brazil, and inclusion in Bloomberg's Gender Equality Index. 

EDPR is a division of EDP (Euronext: EDP), a leader in the energy transition with a focus on decarbonization. Besides its strong presence in renewables (with EDPR and hydro operations), EDP has an integrated utility presence in Portugal, Spain and Brazil including electricity networks, client solutions and energy management.