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Plans for wind farms in France are facing Fierce Opposition

Skynews — November 17, 2013

Plans to dot France with wind farms are facing fierce opposition from critics worried they will blight a landscape that has helped make the country the world’s top tourist destination.

France relies heavily on nuclear power but is working to shift to renewable energy sources and triple by 2020 its number of wind turbines, from the current 4000 that are spread across 1127 sites.

But opponents are urging the government to tread carefully so as not to damage France’s thousands of kilometre of stunningly beautiful countryside – which range from Europe’s longest strip of beaches to the peaks of the Alps.

Some critics have already won court cases outlawing turbines, and more legal challenges are on the way.

Erik Wallecan, the owner of the 18th century chateau de Flers in northern France, is one of them.

The 65-year-old successfully sued energy giant EDF-Gaz Suez to force it to remove 10 110-metre high turbines built around his estate in 2007.

‘We were encircled,’ said Wallecan, who was also awarded 37,500 euros ($A54,550) in damages.

The wind farm, the court ruled, had ‘completely altered the nature of a bucolic country landscape.’

During the trial, the energy firm argued that it had respected a guideline of turbines not being set up within 500 metres of human habitation – which critics say clearly doesn’t go far enough toward limiting their impact.

Critics say sites across the country are under threat, like the Sainte-Radegonde de Courant chapel on the Atlantic coast, parts of which date to the 13th century and which is to be surrounded by turbines.  Continue reading here…..


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5 Comments on “Plans for wind farms in France are facing Fierce Opposition”

  1. Dougal Quixote November 17, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Stick with Nuclear! If it ain’t broke, why fix it!

  2. cornwallwindwatch November 17, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

  3. Dougal Quixote November 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on windfarmaction and commented:
    France came late into the wind race and with 85% nuclear capacity you have to ask why. However the French Paisons say no and from previous experience the French Government may be wise to ditch the idea,

  4. justturnright November 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    Good to hear……..

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