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Wind Power News: Bulgaria

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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


July 22, 2017 • BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

Better to ask forgiveness than permission: Bulgaria to ban new construction on Cape Kaliakra

Bulgaria’s Environment Minister Neno Dimov said on July 21 that the country has reached a settlement with the European Commission in relation to a conservation lawsuit that Bulgaria lost in the European Court of Justice. In its January 2016 ruling, the court found that Bulgaria failed to protect unique habitats and important species in the Kaliakra special protection area at the Black Sea coast. The settlement, which Dimov presented to mayors of municipalities in the protected area, was described by . . . Complete story »


January 14, 2016 • BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

European Court of Justice finds against Bulgaria in Kaliakra conservation case

The European Court of Justice has ruled against Bulgaria in a case brought by the European Commission against the country over its failure to protect unique habitats and important species in the Kaliakra special protection area at the Black Sea coast, the court announced on January 14 2016. The European Commission lodged the court action in October 2013, saying that large numbers of wind turbines and other developments have been authorised without adequate assessments of their environmental effects in the . . . Complete story »


February 27, 2015 • BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

Bulgaria scraps incentives for new renewable energy installations

Feb 26 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s parliament scrapped preferential prices for new renewable energy installations on Thursday as the country is struggling to cut deficits in the energy sector and keep a lid on consumers’ utility bills. Wind power farms and photovoltaic parks mushroomed in 2011, after Bulgaria introduced generous subsidies for renewable energy, guaranteed for 20 years and committed to buy all the energy produced by them. But the incentives have weighed on the power costs in the European Union’s . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2013 • BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

Bulgaria imposes 20 pct fee on solar and wind power

Bulgaria’s parliament voted on Thursday to impose a 20 percent charge on income from wind and solar power installations next year as the Socialist-led government struggles to keep down electricity bills and reduce deficits related to clean energy. The government, faced with daily protests over corruption, has pledged to keep power costs low to avoid mass public unrest in a country where energy bills take a big chunk of people’s monthly income, especially during the winter. Protests over high electricity . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2013 • BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

European Commission takes Bulgaria to court for failing to protect endangered species at Kaliakra wind farms

The European Commission (EC) said on October 17 2013 that it is taking Bulgaria to the EU Court of Justice over the country’s “failure to protect unique habitats and important species”. The case concerns the Kaliakra region, a migratory route and resting place for highly endangered species, where large numbers of wind turbines and other developments have been authorised without adequate assessments of their environmental effects, the EC said. “Although Bulgaria is committed to increasing the protection of rare species . . . Complete story »


October 2, 2013 • BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

European Commission sues Bulgaria over nature protection laws

The European Commission has referred Bulgaria to the EU court over the country’s authorization of wind turbines in protected areas of the Kaliakra peninsula. „The Commission has moved its case against Bulgaria to trial phase in EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg,“ announced Iskra Mihaylova, Bulgaria’s Minister of Environment and Water. If Bulgaria is convicted, the amount of the penalty is to be determined by the Court, and the commission could seek the removal of the offending wind turbines, explained . . . Complete story »


July 9, 2013 • BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

Bulgaria’s financial intelligence: Mafia funds laundered through renewable energy companies

Renewable energy companies are a front for money laundering, according to a report of the Financial Intelligence Directorate of Bulgaria’s State Agency for National Security (DANS) for 2012. The report, as cited by Sega daily, draws attention to the return of pyramid/Ponzi schemes, adding that they have become more complicated and refined compared to the fraud schemes to which many Bulgarians fell victim in the 90s. According to DANS, renewable energy plants are used in money laundering schemes for a . . . Complete story »


April 30, 2013 • BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

Bulgaria pulls plug on wind power

The Bulgarian government has made good on threats to curtail power production from wind and solar plants. The decision follows a warning in March by interim energy minister Asen Vasilev that around 40% of wind and solar plants could potentially be curtailed. Vasilev claimed their failure to provide real-time data on production was threatening the stability of the system and made them non-compliant with the law. According to the Bulgarian Wind Energy Association (BGWEA), the country’s electricity system operator (ESO) . . . Complete story »


March 27, 2013 • BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

Bulgaria to suspend up to 40% of wind, solar power capacity

Bulgaria may suspend as much as 40 percent of wind and solar power capacity as part of its effort to stem oversupply and stabilize electricity generation About 40 percent of wind and solar power producers aren’t providing real-time information to the country’s central electricity dispatcher, jeopardizing the safety of Bulgaria’s transmission network, Energy Minister Asen Vasilev said in a document posted on the ministry’s website. They will be temporarily disconnected, he said. Bulgaria’s grid is suffering from power overloads caused . . . Complete story »


February 14, 2013 • Blogs, BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

Court ruling threatens red-breasts

In January, the Bulgarian Court overturned a decision by the Bulgarian Minister of the Environment to revoke permission for a wind energy project threatening a high nature value area as well as the globally endangered bird species inhabiting it. The court ruling might lead to Bulgaria ending up in front of the EU Court of Justice. The case in question refers to the plans to construct 95 wind turbines close to Durankulak Lake – one of the most important wintering . . . Complete story »


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