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Wind Power News: France


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

October 21, 2020 • France, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Huge windfarm project 37km off Jersey’s south coast already having a ‘massive impact’ on fishing

The head of the Fishermen’s Association in Jersey says the loss of French fishing grounds due to a wind farm project off the coast of St Brieuc is putting increased pressure on local fishing grounds. The project, which has been in planning for almost a decade, has now moved into the groundworks testing and manufacturing stage, displacing parts of the French fishing fleet. Under the Granville Bay Treaty, Jersey and French fishermen have access to parts of each other’s waters . . . Complete story »

June 3, 2020 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Iberdrola to invest up to 4 billion euros in French renewable energy

Spanish utility Iberdrola (IBE.MC) said on Wednesday it will invest up to 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion) over the next four years in France to develop renewable energy. Iberdrola said it is already investing 2.4 billion euros in the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm in France and plans to invest in new onshore wind, solar photovoltaic and participate in future offshore wind capacity auctions. “France is a strategic country for Iberdrola,” said Ignacio Galán, chairman and CEO of Iberdrola. “The company . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2020 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Éolien: le grand revirement d’Emmanuel Macron | Macron’s reversal on wind

Adoptée par décret le 21 avril, la programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie (PPE) prévoit d’accélérer le développement, très contesté en France, de l’éolien. Il y a quelques mois pourtant, le président de la République affirmait vouloir freiner son essor. Le vent aurait-il tourné? La feuille de route énergétique de la France à l’horizon 2028 est désormais gravée dans le marbre. Adoptée par décret gouvernemental le 21 avril, la programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie (PPE) pour 2019-2028 affiche la volonté française de réduire . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2020 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm ‘disfigures’ Cézanne’s mountain

If Paul Cézanne were alive today, his celebrated pictures of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire in Provence would soon have to include 22 giant wind turbines. Construction began in February after the highest Paris court rejected appeals to block what locals call the “massacre” of the mountain overlooking Aix-en-Provence. The judges accepted arguments that the turbines will barely be visible six miles from the mountain’s peak, but critics disagree and last week appealed to the local court in Toulon for an injunction . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2020 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Provence wind farm project would have Cézanne ‘turning in his grave’ say heritage buffs

A plan to build wind farms on a mountain in Provence immortalised by Paul Cézanne would have the French painter turning in his grave, say heritage groups who have launched a last-ditch legal bid to halt the project. The Post-Impressionist artist painted Mount-Sainte Victoire some 87 times throughout his life and it came to symbolise his genius and put the picturesque area with its pines, cypresses and red-tiled roofs on the international map. But a string of local and national . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2020 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Une éolienne en feu au parc de la Bouleste, à Flavin

[translate article to English] L’alerte a été donnée ce mardi 24 mars peu avant 10 heures par un agriculteur riverain des lieux du sinistre. Neuf pompiers et plusieurs gendarmes dépêchés, un impressionnant panache de fumée, visible à plusieurs kilomètres… et un risque de chute de la génératrice, en proie aux flammes. La situation était tendue, ce mardi matin, aux abords du parc éolien de la Bouleste, à Flavin, où l’une des cinq éoliennes du site a pris feu peu avant 10 . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2020 • France, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Fury at plans to build wind turbines on graves of British First World War heroes

Plans to build a wind turbine farm on a famous First World War battlefield in northern France have been described as “revolting”. Tens of thousands of British soldiers were killed during the historic Battle of Cambrai and many of their bodies were never recovered. Cambrai became famous as the first battle in the Great War to feature a major tank offensive. Now businesses are trying to exploit the land to make money from a giant wind farm – with early . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2020 • France, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Revolt over wind farm at sacred British battlefield

Angry protesters yesterday described controversial plans to build a wind farm on a First World War battlefield as revolting. Tens of thousands of British soldiers were killed during the Battle of Cambrai, with many of the ­bodies never recovered. Now businesses are trying to exploit the sacred land in France to make money from a giant wind farm. Cambrai became famous as the first battle in the Great War to have a major tank offensive, and lasted for several weeks . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2020 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Le développement des éoliennes de plus en plus contesté

La loi de programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie prévoit un doublement des capacités de production électrique avec des éoliennes. Pas du goût de tous les habitants des territoires ruraux. Un groupe de travail sur leur répartition a été lancé par Emmanuelle Wargon, secrétaire d’État à la Transition écologique. [translate article to English] La production des éoliennes s’appuie sur une énergie inépuisable : le vent. À l’heure de la lutte contre le changement climatique et de la mise en place d’une économie décarbonée, ces . . . Complete story »

January 23, 2020 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Mad as the sea and wind: Wind power in France: A lie and a swindle?

[Cliquez ici pour la version Française.] The public’s disenchantment with wind power is growing rapidly: its supporters have become a minority. More and more French people are concerned about the environmental and health damage and the blots on their country’s famous landscapes as a result of its massive development. They are also exasperated by the cavalier methods used to impose it, and the corruption of elected officials that too often accompanies it. But the French still do not realize, due . . . Complete story »

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