French developer La Compagnie du Vent has appealed against the decision to reject its application for permission to use the public maritime domain for its 702 MW Deux Côtes project in the English Channel (Windpower Monthly, February 2007). The decision to scupper the project at the first stage of the permitting process was made by the prefect heading up the Seine-Martime département, Jean-François Carenco. Undeterred, La Compagnie du Vent is continuing with the required technical and environmental studies and recently signed a preliminary agreement with grid operator Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE) to secure a connection. Mid-tension cables buried under the sea bed will link into the national grid near the Penly nuclear power plant, avoiding the need to build any new lines. La Compagnie du Vent and RTE will now discuss the proposal in more detail.
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