These rural areas where wind turbines abound: our exclusive classification


We have calculated the density of wind power plants in the countryside, for all the French departments.

The subject touches rural France in its flesh. Wind turbines could become one of the major themes of the 2022 presidential election. There is awareness: the density of installations is a problem that concerns a large portion of the country outside the cities. But the scale of the phenomenon remains in reality difficult to quantify. The raw figures usually used, at the departmental level, are vague and do not allow to realize the real impact on the campaigns. Our ranking of rural wind density reveals a few surprises.

To obtain an image that conforms to reality, we have only taken into account the departmental area outside urban spaces and we have eliminated “small” installations on the roofs, for example, which do not cause any nuisance.

The Somme is the “champion” of rural wind density. “It’s anything but a surprise, we have transformed our beautiful region into an industrial zone», Reacts Colette Bourgois,

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