France has identified a zone off the coast of Normandy for a new 1 gigawatt (GW) wind farm and has announced a tender for its development, Environment Minister Barbara Pompili said Saturday.
The planned wind farm will be located 32 km off the coast of Cotentin and will generate enough electricity to power 800,000 households, Pompili said.
This will be the eighth offshore wind farm in France. The government's current multi-year energy plan calls for tenders for wind farms for a total generation of 2.5 to 3 GW by 2024.
Fishermen from the region, who are already concerned about the impact of Brexit on their industry, expressed concern in a public debate that the wind farm could harm Normandy's fisheries resources.