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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


April 22, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

France’s biggest offshore wind farm gets the go-ahead

French authorities have authorised plans for France’s largest offshore wind farm. The company behind the project, Ailes Marines, will build off the coast of Brittany and has set the construction date for 2020. Producing 493 megawatts when at full capacity, it will provide enough energy for 850,000 people, more than the populations of the three largest nearby communes. This is over seven times the energy produced by France’s current largest wind farm, located just off the coast of Toulouse in . . .

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March 24, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Protestors petition against French windfarm

Protestors are up in arms about the plan to construct an offshore windfarm off the coast of Normandy in France which they say will ruin the view from the D-Day landing beaches. EDF EN and Enbridge are developing the 450MW Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados project off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer. The windfarm, which has been approved for construction, will consist of 75 turbines standing 180m high at a distance of 10km from the Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. . . .

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February 18, 2017 • Europe, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

French wind farm could affect the Island’s bats, experts warn

Jersey’s bat population could be threatened if plans to build a wind farm 23 miles off the south coast of the Island are given the go-ahead, a conservation group has said. Ani Binet, volunteer researcher for the Jersey Bat Group, said she was concerned that the migratory route of the bats could be disrupted if the wind farm is built. She spoke out after an independent commission in France, which oversaw the project’s public inquiry, gave the development its approval. . . .

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February 1, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

La justice autorise quatre éoliennes au sud de la cathédrale de Chartres

[Judge authorizes four wind turbines south of Chartres cathedral] C’est l’épilogue d’un feuilleton judiciaire. La justice ordonne au préfet de délivrer à Eco Delta les autorisations de construire quatre éoliennes au sud de la cathédrale de Chartres. La cour administrative d’appel de Nantes a ordonné au préfet d’Eure-et-Loir de délivrer à Eco Delta, d’ici le lundi 9 février 2017, quatre des huit autorisations d’exploitation qu’il lui refusait depuis 2009, pour installer des éoliennes à 13 km au sud de la . . .

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January 19, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

A blade of a wind turbine tears and breaks on the ground in Nurlu

Selon un chasseur, un incident majeur se serait produit ce mercredi matin dans le parc éolien de Nurlu : une pale s’est arrachée du rotor et elle a terminé déchiquetée et en plusieurs morceaux au sol. L’homme affirme que l’éolienne tournait le matin et qu’en fin de matinée, il a observé le problème, appelant immédiatement le numéro d’astreinte de l’exploitant, EDF Énergies renouvelables, qui aurait coupé tout le parc en activité (plus aucune éolienne de ce parc ne fonctionne). Aucun blessé . . .

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December 15, 2016 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Eoliennes et corruption : un maire expert judiciaire lourdement condamné pour prise illégale d’intérêt

[Wind turbines and corruption: mayor heavily fined for illegal taking of interest – The mayor of Tigné in the Maine and Loire, who is also a judicial expert for the High Court in Saumur and the Appeals Court in Angers, voted in favor of a wind project while working for its developer.] Le tribunal correctionnel de Saumur vient de condamner un maire à 5.000 euros d’amende pour prise illégale d’intérêts dans l’éolien. Le moins que l’on puisse dire c’est que la . . .

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November 29, 2016 • France, Germany, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

France and Britain in danger of winter power shortages

France and the U.K. are the two nations in Europe most at risk of power shortages this winter, particularly if there is a cold snap in early December or January. With availability of Electricite de France SA’s French nuclear fleet at the lowest level in a decade, the nation will need to rely on imports during several weeks and adding a cold spell to that could make the situation “tense,” according to European grid group Entsoe’s Winter Outlook report. Britain . . .

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November 25, 2016 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

French projects face court delay

FRANCE: The first utility-scale offshore wind projects will be delayed until 2021 at the earliest, developer EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) has confirmed. EDF EN director of Marine Renewable Energies, Beatrice Buffon, said the delay is due to legal challenges launched this summer against the projects at St-Nazaire (480MW), Fecamp (498MW) and Courseulles-sur-Mer (450MW). Development permits for the site were awarded to the consortium of EDF EN and Enbridge, alongside WPD Offshore for Fecamp and Courseulles, in 2012. Complaints against . . .

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October 24, 2016 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Eight associations appeal permit of EDF offshore wind park

Eight associations have filed an appeal against a 450 MW offshore wind park project which EDF (EPA:EDF) plans to build off the cost of Normandy, northern France. The associations are appealing the “installation and operation” permit issued by the local authorities at Calvados in June. The Courseulles-sur-Mer project is being developed by EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), the renewables arm of EDF, in cooperation with Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc (TSE:ENB). The investment is valued at about EUR 1.8 billion . . .

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July 12, 2016 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Après Sivens, une nouvelle ZAD dans le Tarn contre les éoliennes d’Albine

Des opposants au projet de 8 éoliennes à Albine, dans la Montagne Noire, ont décidé de s’opposer par tous les moyens au projet et empêchent le début des travaux. Un dossier qui n’est pas sans rappeler la Zone A Défendre (ZAD) de Sivens. “ZAD partout” clamaient les manifestants anti-barrage de Sivens au plus fort de la contestation, souhaitant implanter des “zones à défendre” partout où les projets d’aménagement ne recueillent pas l’accord des riverains ou des protecteurs de l’environnement. vidéo . . .

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