Following a change in the law, wind farms with rated capacities of more than 2.5 MW now have to go to public enquiry in France. At the same time, the requirement that turbines over 25 metres high go to public inquiry has been rescinded. This means that the threshold for both public enquiries and environmental impact studies is now 2.5 MW. The move has been welcomed by wind project developers, especially those involved in small-scale projects. These, say developers, will no longer be subject to expensive and time consuming delays due to local bureaucracy.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol