In 1996, the French government launched the "EOLE" Programme, designed to increase the supply of large-scale grid-connected wind electricity to at least 250 MW by 2005. Projects were selected based on electricity price criteria. The length of the contracts is often 25 years. The EOLE tender contracts resulted in prices of about ? 0.45/kWh. As of 2002, a feed-in tariff was put in place to support projects under 12 MW. In 2003, it was decided to also launch calls for tenders (onshore and offshore) for larger projects.