Wind Power News: Denmark
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Danish municipality cancels plans for all onshore wind turbines; Resistance from residents behind ban
The planning and environmental committee for Esbjerg Municipality has brought a halt to any more onshore wind farms being built inside its borders. This kills plans for wind farms in Vilslev North, Kærbøl Mark and Lundmark. The three locations would have included a total of 34 wind turbines. John Snedker, the head of the planning and environmental committee, said that resistance against wind farms has been exploding. “Opponents, among other things, are uncertain whether the low-frequency noise affects health,” Sneaker . . .
Last month, the social-media giant Facebook announced plans to build a new data center near Odense, Denmark. The expansion of server capacity was needed, the company said, to support “richer content” such as live-streaming and virtual reality. The Facebook executive who made a public announcement of the decision (live-streamed, of course), noted that the new facility would have the “smallest footprint possible” and be “powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy.” Well, not exactly. Recent reports by Rasmus Svaeborg . . .
Denmark plans to expand two test areas for wind turbines with five new sites, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on Tuesday. The two test areas, Osterild and Hovsore, both located in western Denmark, will get three and two new sites respectively. The sites will be able to accommodate turbine heights reaching 330 meters in Osterild and 200 meters in Hovsore. (Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard, editing by Terje Solsvik)
Vestas has launched an investigation into a blade loss from one of its turbines at the 24MW Bindesbøl 1 wind farm in the Tarm area of western Denmark. The turbine manufacturer said a blade broke from a V90 3MW machine on 26 December during a storm. A “root cause” probe is underway, a spokesman said. “No injuries occurred and the site has been secured. At this point it appears to be an isolated, individual turbine failure,” the spokesman said. The . . .
Birds of prey are at serious risk of crashing into offshore turbines as they migrate over open water, according to new research. Scientists have discovered that unlike seabirds, which tend to avoid offshore structures, raptors such as hen harriers are attracted to the turbines by an “island effect”. The study suggests that this may be because the birds are reluctant to cross open water and look for help while trying to navigate. The findings come after it was announced last . . .
Wind turbines at sea are a danger to birds of prey particularly during bad weather, a study has found. Buzzards, kites, harriers falcons and sparrowhawks were all attracted towards turbines – putting them at risk of getting killed by the spinning blades. Raptors are thought to prefer flying near tall structures during high winds during migration routes as they feel safer having a potential place to land during windy conditions, researchers say. The findings published in Biology Letters said birds . . .
Government’s plans to amend the Forest Act under fire; Opposition taking root as 27,500 people sign protest petition
Wind turbines could be popping up in forests across the nation in the future if the government succeeds in its ambitions to amend the Forest Act. The environment and food minister, Esben Lunde Larsen, is attempting to attract a majority of Parliament to address watering down the Forest Act, which today means that protected forest areas can only be used for forestry unless there are really strong reasons to grant an exemption. “First and foremost, the government wants to make . . .
A Danish political watchdog on Wednesday asked the national audit office to investigate the role of key parties involved in the share market flotation of offshore wind farm developer DONG Energy. DONG Energy’s initial public offer (IPO) in June raised a gross 17 billion crowns ($2.6 billion) for the Danish state and a consortium of investors led by Goldman Sachs. The sale meant the Wall Street bank doubled an 8 billion- crown investment made just two and a half years . . .
Tourists from both Denmark and abroad have joined residents of the Danish island of Bornholm in letting the municipality know they are not happy with a plan to erect nineteen 150-metre tall wind turbines at six locations across the island. Bornholm Municipality has received 214 objections to the plan, and 30 of those came from tourists. “You cannot destroy the nature that tourists come to enjoy and then believe that the tourists will still come,” wrote Carina Larusson, a Swede . . .
Siemens has been ordered to pay compensation of almost 1 million Danish crowns ($150,000) to three people who fell ill after working at a wind turbine factory, a court in the city of Aalborg in Denmark said on Thursday. The ruling comes at time of increased focus on health conditions in the wind energy industry in Denmark and marks the first such verdict against a turbine maker there. The three former employees were ruled to have suffered conditions such as . . .