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Ansip does not support Eesti Energia’s wind park in Gulf of Riga

ESTONIA – Prime Minister Andrus Ansip stated on Thursday that he was rather certain that Eesti Energia would not get the Government’s approval to establish nearly 300 wind energy generators in the vicinity of the islands of Kihnu and Ruhnu in the Gulf of Riga, writes LETA/EPL Online.

“I certainly do not consider it reasonable to reserve 100 square kilometres of our waters to a private enterprise,” asserted Ansip at the Government press conference. “Companies should not be granted special rights in the State waters simply upon a request like that,” he added.

The Prime Minister explained that one of the issues concern the volume of the territory and another matter is whether it would be right to reserve the sea areas for an enterprise in the context of the position that Estonia would not require quite as many wind generators as are planned. “I presume that there would not be any agreements to this application from the Government next week,” he stated.

Ansip noted that the planned capacities of all designed wind parks that are in development would far exceed the needs of Estonia. “It seems that the subsidies level has been set too high; investors are exceedingly interested in wind parks while residents are not so much interested in them,” said the Prime Minster.

On Wednesday Eesti Päevaleht wrote that the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has forwarded to the Government Eesti Energia’s request to reserve to the energy company five large areas in the Gulf of Riga where the enterprise would be able to analyse the option of setting up more than 300 wind energy generators in the sea.