A great proponent of this renewable energy, the president of the Hauts-de-France is arguing for a new EPR.
That was twenty years ago. Under the leadership of its green president, Marie-Christine Blandin, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region was committed to creating a regional economic sector around wind power. In 1996, the first French wind farm was born in Dunkerque. The Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a pioneer in the field, had chosen to exploit its great potential with its coastline and its inland plateaux exposed to the wind, and for this reason the region was injecting several million francs into the promotion. of this renewable energy.
Since then, the wind has turned. In 2015, during the regional campaign, Xavier Bertrand announced his intention to put a stop to this renewable energy. His speech has since remained unchanged. "I am against the saturation of the wind! This creates nuisance for residents, it disfigures our landscapes. And where are all the jobs created by wind power? In our region, we are already meeting the wind development objectives set for 2020, we have exceeded the limit of sustainable. "
With 1,500 masts out of the ground, 800 authorized but not yet built, and 767 under investigation, the Hauts-de-France is the best-equipped region in wind turbines. "A record I would be fine with"regrets the president of the regional council. According to him, the fact that 70% of implementation projects are challenged in court is a good example of the rebellion. "I do not propose to saw the masts of wind turbines, but I have this role of whistleblower because I fear clashes in future installations. " In this respect, he denounces "State scandal" to come up : "I have just discovered that, on an experimental basis, in the Hauts-de-France and in Brittany, public environmental inquiries will be replaced by electronic public participation. If that's not a provocation! "
"This observatory is an indictment, not information"
Proponents of wind energy, they, very little appreciated the method of the president of region. In June 2018, it created a wind energy observatory, which maps facilities and organizes information meetings in the municipalities concerned. "This observatory is an indictment, not information", denounces Pauline Le Bertre, General Delegate of France Energie éolienne. This association, which represents the interests of the professionals of the sector, regrets not being able to initiate dialogue "Appeased" with former Minister Bertrand. "We can not let him denigrate a professional sector that has 1,759 jobs in its territory, it's irresponsible"she adds.