French Environment Minister Barbara Pompili announces new 1GW wind-farm

France has identified a zone off the coast of Normandy for the construction of a 1 Gigawatt (GW) wind-farm and launched the tender process for its development, Reuters reports.

Environment Minister Barbara Pompili announced on Saturday that the planned wind-farm is to be located 32 km off the shore of Cotentin and generate the electricity needed to power 800,000 homes, Pompili said in a statement.

It will be France’s eighth offshore wind farm. The government’s current multi-year energy plan targets tenders for wind farms to generate a combined 2.5 to 3 GW by 2024.

Fishermen from the region, who are already worried about the impact of Brexit on their industry, expressed concerns during a public debate that the wind park could harm their livelihoods.

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