Wpd French tender challenge fails

A legal challenge by German renewables developer Wpd to the awarding of one of two 500MW offshore wind development zones in the latest French government tender has been rejected.

Wpd managing director Martin Lehnhoff told Recharge of the court setback on the sidelines of the Windforce conference.

The developer currently is studying how to proceed further in the case, with an appeal being an option, a Wpd press official said.

Wpd – which was part of a consortium led by French utility EDF that lost both 500MW zones awarded in May – had challenged the process that led to the Vendée development site going to a rival group led by GDF, in partnership with EDPR and Areva.

Specifically, the German company wanted a judge to examine why the GDF bid was recommended by France's energy regulator, the CRE – a recommendation the government ultimately followed.

The Windforce offshore conference and fair started in Bremen on Tuesday and ends today.