France extends single wind permit trial

FRANCE: The single permit for onshore wind being trialled in seven regions of France will be extended throughout the mainland, energy minister Ségolène Royal announced this week.

The trial will be extended across France
The trial will be extended across France

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The measure, originally announced in August last year, will feature in a law on biodiversity that could be adopted in the autumn.

Deployment in France has stalled under an onerous permitting process and uncertainty over the tariff. However, the government has been taking steps to remedy the situation following President Francois Hollande's undertaking to simplify the process.

The announcement came as the minister launched the text of the draft law on the energy transition, which will be presented to parliament in the autumn. The text largely confirms measures previously announced including a target for renewables to supply 40% of electricity in 2030.

In a presentation to the industry, Royal added that she was in discussions with the defence minister to find a solution regarding the ban on turbines near radars and in areas designated for low-altitude flight training.

She also plans to reform the appeals process for offshore wind projects. "Disputes on offshore wind power will be discussed in the first instance by a single administrative court to reduce delays," Royal said.


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