Jean-Michel Houllegatte, senator for Cherbourg, is preparing the energy transition in the English Channel

Jean-Michel Houllegatte, senator for Cherbourg, is preparing the energy transition in the English Channel

“This acceleration must not be at the expense of consultation or environmental protection,” insists Jean-Michel Houllegatte. (© Jean-Paul BARBIER)

Inaugurated by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macronthis Thursday, September 22, 2022, outside Saint-Nazaire, the very first of a series of offshore wind farmswhich he hears accelerating deployment in the face of the energy crisis. The site consists of 80 wind turbines, located 12 to 20 km from the coast on the banks of the Guérande. In La Manche, Senator Jean-Michel Houllegate will address the topic of energy and the environment.

Files on the senator’s desk

Manchurian Senator Jean-Michel Houllegatte he won’t be short of work this fall. In fact, it will be the leader in energy-related accounts within the framework socialist, environmental and republican group. “These are all more important files. the issue of energy is central today. »

“There will be a climate-energy strategy law, a programming law that will come out of that with a new multi-year energy program 2024-2033 and a plan to accelerate renewables and nuclear.”

Jean-Michel HoullegatteChannel Senator

Overriding reason of overriding public interest

It will be presented to the Council of Ministers on Monday, September 26, 2022then it will appear in the first reading before the Senate a priori on November 2 and 3. “This acceleration must not be at the expense of consultation or environmental protection”, warns. Recalling that “the environmental charter is enshrined in the Constitution and that there is a principle of non-regression”.

It also intends for the concept of an overriding reason of great public interest to be attributed to new renewable energy projects to be “well defined”.

Jean-Michel Houllegatte also makes sure to share the value mentioned by the President of the Republic. Because if things are clear about an offshore wind farm located in the maritime public domain within twelve territorial miles, they are not yet clear about projects located in the exclusive economic zone.

“Fishermen in particular need to be more involved in consultation, to define the zones with the least impact on their activity and to share this value. »

Jean-Michel HoullegatteChannel Senator

Tidal energy must toofor him, to be included in the next multiannual energy program. “It wasn’t in the previous one because it wasn’t considered competitive. At the cost of energy today it is and goals must be displayed. »

7 parks already allocated

Seven parks have been awarded to date. After Saint-Nazaire, construction began in Saint-Brieuc, Fécamp and Courseulles. These last two will be in operation in 2023 and 2024 and are already mobilizing the port of Cherbourg. In the English Channel, those of Dieppe-Le Tréport and Dunkirk are under development. Bidding is underway for the first 1 GW farm in the Center-Manche area: bids must be submitted by six bidders in November in order to determine the winner in early 2023. For the second farm of up to 1.5 MW for an investment of 4 up to 5 billion euros, the previous consultation was completed in May. We are waiting for the start of the tender process.

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