Good development of wind power in France!

Between February 1, 2005 and February 1, 2006, 202 building permits, representing a capacity of 1230 MW were issued. These authorized projects will be added to the 1500 MW granted between February 1, 2004 and February 1, 2005.

Since 2004, the Minister for Industry has questioned the Prefects at the start of the year to find out about the wind power situation in their departments. This new survey, based on responses from 95 departments, shows that 202 building permits, representing a power of 1230 MW, were issued between February 1, 2005 and February 1, 2006. In total, there were at the end of 2005 , 757 MW installed compared to 366 MW at the end of 2004. The deployment of wind power continues in eastern and central France. Twelve new departments are seeing wind projects for the first time, underlines the ministry. This is particularly the case of Cher, Maine et Loire, Var and Vienne where building permits for 250 MW have been filed. In addition, some departments have to cope with an influx of building permit applications such as the departments of the Champagne-Ardenne region with early 2006 a power multiplied by four compared.

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