July 8th, 2016: Green light for wind turbines in Normandy
Information source: AFP
Prefectures give green light to EDF’s offshore wind turbine
The first three offshore wind farms planned off the coast of France, led by EDF, now have the green light from the Prefectures, but associations are working on a recourse against one of them. Opponents have four months to appeal to the Administrative Court of Appeal of Nantes as of the publication in recent months of the prefectoral orders “authorizing the establishment and operation” of these parks located off Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique), Fécamp (Seine-Maritime) and Courseulles (Calvados).
The Loire-Atlantique could be the first French department to see wind turbines at sea. Remedies against this 480 MW project (80 wind turbines 12 km from the coast) must be filed by July 25. However, Prosimar, a local association member of the Pulse network opposed to offshore wind, explained on Tuesday not having the necessary funds for the time.
The project of Courseulles-sur-Mer threatened with recourse
Located off some of the landing beaches, (and especially off the coast of Juno Beach), the Courseulles-sur-mer project (75 wind turbines developing 450 MW at 10 km from the coast) seems more threatened by recourse. Opponents have until October 10 to challenge it.