Regional representatives (councillors, State services, professionals and people who make use of the sea on a daily basis, environmental associations, etc.) worked together to establish the site most suited to a floating wind farm, taking into account the marine environment and local uses. Over 30 meetings were held with around a hundred different stakeholders and bodies to pinpoint the right area. The site was then put forward by the ADEME in response to the EOLFLO call for projects, which the Groix & Belle-Île Floating Wind Turbine was awarded on 22 July 2016.

A local presence

Since the call for projects, the project managers have set up their own consultation processes and various partnerships have been drawn up, in particular with the Morbihan Departmental Fishing Committee (CDPMEM56), France Nature Environnement and the Breton Federation for Nature and the Environment, which brings together many different environmental associations that are active in Morbihan, Brittany and the Gâvres-Quiberon site. EOLFI is based in Lorient, and takes an active approach to engaging on the local scene via local events (trade fairs, festivals, conferences, etc.), with a view to interacting with the public and providing all information needed for members of the public to gain a firm grasp of the project. If you’d like to meet us, please check the calendar or contact us.

Travelling exhibition

To support the awareness-raising work completed to date, a travelling exhibition was offered before and during the public inquiry stage to provide all main and second-home residents and holidaymakers with the information they needed. From July to late October 2018, the Groix & Belle-Île Floating Wind Farm exhibition went on tour along the Morbihan coast and its islands. A total of 15 sites hosted the exhibition, thus offering the public an accessible way of understanding how floating wind farms work, the project’s environmental surroundings, the key concepts in energy transition, and more. The EOLFI teams took turns overseeing the exhibition and the activities run by the Maison de la Mer, with the latter designed to treat young and old alike to a fun, easy way of learning more about the subject.

The exhibition’s themes included:

  • The Groix & Belle-Île floating wind turbines
  • The project’s milestones
  • The consultation stage
  • The pilot farm and surrounding environment
  • Energy transition
  • Floating wind turbines
  • How electricity is transported

Under the aegis of the state

Local councillors, State departments, socio-economic representatives, professional and leisure sea users and environmental associations regularly meet as part of the consultation and follow-up forum overseen by the Prefect for Morbihan and the maritime Prefect for the Atlantic, which will be tracking the project’s progress throughout its lifespan.

The “Fontaine” consultation, meanwhile, approved the proposal for the connection at the Kerhellegant substation by unanimous vote during the plenary session that took place on 22 March 2017, overseen by the Prefect for Morbihan and attended by all parties of the consultation.

Public consultation controller

From January to May 2017, a public consultation was led by an independent controller appointed by the French commission for public debate (Commission Nationale de Débat Public). A dedicated website, FAQs, public meetings, local surgeries and school events were all set up to help members of the public get informed and involved.

The commission for public debate appointed Mr Bruno de Trémiolles to oversee the public consultation. Independent and impartial, the controller is responsible for ensuring that the consultation runs smoothly, that the information provided by the project owners is transparent, and that members of the public are provided with sufficient means to take part.

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