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Working group to study radar concerns

Some good news at last on the topic of alleged interference from wind turbines on radar in France. A working group has been set up under the chairmanship of the government's Directorate of Energy and Raw Materials, bringing together radar operators, representatives of the wind industry and national energy agency ADEME. This comes after a year of lobbying by the Renewable Energy Syndicate, which estimates that over 2200 MW of wind projects are frozen because of concerns about turbines causing interference on radar systems operated by the defence and civil aviation forces and meteorological service (Windpower Monthly, April 2007). The working group plans to conduct a joint study into the problem, issue possible technological solutions, and review the regulations regarding the size of exclusion zones around radar.

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