April 17 (SeeNews) - Members of the French parliament on April 15 voted against the proposed doubling of the minimum distance between wind turbines and homes to 1 km (0.62 miles), so it will remain unchanged at 500 metres.
The 1-km rule was proposed by the Senate. France's Wind Energy Association (FEE) had warned previously that if such an increase was accepted, approximately 85% of the country's territory would be "banned" for wind turbine installation. The actual distance to homes also depends on case-by-case evaluations of wind turbine plans.
A survey by CSA from this week showed that the majority of the people living close to such facilities in France have no complaints. Some 71% in fact consider that the machines fit well in the surrounding landscape, FEE pointed out.
The French wind industry will now be following closely the public examination of the Energy Transition Act by the National Assembly on May 19-21. Following the review of the text, it will again be considered by the Senate before a final vote by the Assembly.
France aims to boost the share of renewables in its total power production to 40% by 2030. In 2014 alone, it installed 1,042 MW of wind, lifting its cumulative capacity to 9,285 MW, according to statistics by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).