The President of Environment and Infrastructure has been on a ‘fact-finding’ mission to the St Brieuc windfarm, to learn more about how renewable energy is being harnessed in French waters.
It comes just over a week after the long-delayed Electricity Strategy was passed in the States almost unanimously.
And it seems that now the direction of travel has been chosen, work is being done on scoping out windfarms.
Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez recently posted on Twitter about her experience attending a pan-island fact finding mission with representatives from Jersey.
The St Brieuc windfarm is currently being developed and when it is finished there’ll be 62 turbines covering an area larger than Guernsey.
Deputy de Sausmarez said she was impressed with the environmental mitigations:
“Clearly, any development in the marine environment will have an impact, but an 8000-page report is indicative of the seriousness with which they take this aspect.”
She said it’s great to have a hub of renewable expertise so close to Guernsey.
The States have not agreed to any particular project yet, but instead directed E&I that windfarms, an extra cable and solar panels are the preferred route.