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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 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.

November 21, 2020 • France, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

«Les éoliennes sont un scandale environnemental stupéfiant»

Plus de 2 000 associations se sont créées dans le pays pour protester contre l’implantation d’éoliennes, symbole d’un scandale environnemental et financier malheureusement couvert par les pouvoirs publics, tandis que chaque semaine de nouvelles manifestations apparaissent. Le rassemblement de toutes ses associations est en cours, nous attendons avant 2 ans les inscriptions de plus de 4 000 associations capables désormais de réunir plus de 500 000 citoyens. Depuis des décennies la politique énergétique de notre pays a été un exemple de réussite qui nous . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2020 • France, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

British fishermen erupt in fury at Macron as devastating offshore wind farm risks chaos

Emmanuel Macron is facing furious protest from British and French fishermen over the President’s plans to build a huge off-shore wind farm between the two countries. British fishermen are raging against Emmanuel Macron’s plans to launch French offshore wind farms. Fishermen from Jersey have voiced concern that “our fishermen can no longer access huge areas of our own sea, our own water”. Even French fishermen have erupted in anger over the plans, warning Mr Macron that he faces huge protests . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2020 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Scallop fishermen threaten to sink Emmanuel Macron’s wind farm

President Macron’s hopes of launching French offshore wind farms are being threatened by scallop fishermen. Protests could scupper plans to build 62 turbines off Saint-Brieuc in Brittany, which are expected to be operational within three years. “We’ve been nice so far,” Alain Coudray, chairman of the local fishing committee, said. “We are going to be a bit less so from now on. “We have a prolific scallop bed here and we manage it very carefully and we are worried that . . . Complete story »

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 »

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