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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.


December 16, 2017 • England, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Controversial plan to put three 650ft wind turbines on First World War battlefield where remains of fallen Lincolnshire soldiers are buried

Campaigners are urging a French energy company not to build wind turbines on the site of a First World War battlefield where 357 Lincolnshire soldiers were killed in a single day. InnoVent wants to erect three 650ft tall turbines in northern France on land where the British and French fought the Germans during the Battle of Loos from September 25 to October 18 1915. It is believed that the remains of thousands of ‘missing’ soldiers from all sides still lay . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change: France faces challenges as it embraces offshore wind power

France has launched its first offshore turbine to curb reliance on nuclear and reach climate goals – France could become Europe’s second-largest wind energy producer after Germany. But the transition brings problems. Offshore wind energy produces more – and more reliable – energy than previously thought, a new study shows. Offshore wind facilities in the North and Baltic seas generate energy on 363 days of the year – more than the 340 days previously indicated, says the study commissioned by the Bremen-based Fraunhofer Institute . . . Complete story »


November 23, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Pourquoi les chauves-souris ne voient-elles pas les éoliennes ?

Le chiffre a de quoi effrayer : les éoliennes en France (6 000 aujourd’hui) pourraient avoir causé la mort de 1,6 million de chauves-souris sur la période 2002-15, selon l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe). Si les auteurs de l’étude établissent une prudente fourchette entre… des décès entre 12 000 et 3,3 millions d’animaux, la surmortalité de cette espècedéjà déclinante est reconnue. Les chiroptères, qui chassent au crépuscule et la nuit, ne sont pourtant pas aveugles. Alors . . . Complete story »


November 23, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Engie Green abandons six-turbine wind farm earmarked for the former Bullecourt battlefields, following storm of protest

“Our soldiers can rest in peace now.” That was how families welcomed the news that a wind farm proposed for the final resting place of thousands of soldiers on a World War I French battlefield, has been scrapped. French company Engie Green announced on Monday that it would abandon a six-turbine wind farm earmarked for the former Bullecourt battlefields, following a storm of protest. Warrnambool man Bill McKellar, whose uncle Mitchell McKellar is among an estimated 2300 Aussie Diggers whose . . . Complete story »


November 21, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

WWI diggers’ relatives celebrate decision not to build wind farm near French battlefield

The burial site of thousands of World War I soldiers is to remain undisturbed after a multinational company cancelled its plan to build a wind farm in northern France. Some 10,000 Australians were killed or injured in 1917 in the two battles of Bullecourt, and more than 2.000 of them have no known grave. The decision to shelve the project came after lobbying from families and officials in Australia and France. Ashley Starkey, the great-great nephew of Valentine Starkey, a . . . Complete story »


November 21, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Australia welcomes scrapping of French wind farm on WW1 killing fields

Canberra Tuesday welcomed as “very touching” the scrapping of a planned French wind farm on the site of a World War I battlefield where thousands of Australian soldiers died. French energy company Engie Green had planned to erect turbines on the grounds of the former Bullecourt killing fields in northern France, where some 10,000 Australians were killed or wounded in 1917. Many bodies were never found, and the planned site for the wind farm is a natural burial ground near . . . Complete story »


November 20, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Diggers can rest in peace after Bullecourt wind farm plan scrapped

The remains of thousands of Diggers who died in the brutal World War I battle of Bullecourt in France will remain at rest after plans to build a giant wind farm at the historic site were abandoned following a campaign from the soldiers’ families. The company that wanted to install six giant turbines at Bullecourt in northern France, where Australia suffered 10,000 casualties, now says the battleground should “remain undisturbed” more than two years after it first put forward the . . . Complete story »


November 17, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

South-west woman’s battle to protect history goes international

Port Fairy’s Maria Cameron has taken the fight to stop a wind farm being built on the final resting place of thousands of Australian Diggers in France to the heart of the battlefields. An outspoken critic of the project, the military researcher has been in demand by French media, notching up six interviews since arriving on the World War I Bullecourt battlefields this week. Her visit follows an on-site meeting last Friday by Australia’s Ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, with . . . Complete story »


November 14, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Talks ‘positive’ with French officials over wind farm plan

Australia’s bid to block a wind farm project from being built on World War 1 French battlefields where the remains of thousands of Aussie Diggers lie has strengthened with the backing of the French Government. France will make a formal submission on Australia’s behalf to the public inquiry into French company Engie Green’s proposal to build six turbines on the sensitive Bullecourt battlefields of the former Western Front. France’s Ambassador to Australia Christophe Penot will also raise Australia’s concerns with . . . Complete story »


November 13, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Bishop relays Bullecourt wind farm concerns to French government

The federal government has told Paris it has deep concerns over plans for a wind farm to be built on French farmland where more than 10,000 Diggers were killed during the battle of Bullecourt in World War I. Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said the government had raised with the French government its “objections to the proposal” and it would continue to lobby against the planned development. “The French government is well aware of the depth of our concerns,” Mr Bishop . . . Complete story »


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