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Wind Power News: Estonia

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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.


October 23, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Black Stork nest hampers windfarm development progress

Plans to build a wind farm in southwestern Estonia are being held up after the discovery of a rare Black Stork’s nest in the vicinity. The plot of land at Tootsi, about 30 km northeast of Pärnu, cost state-owned energy provider Eesti Energia €51.5 million when they bought the land at auction in February. While an environmental inspection of the plot was conducted in 2016, no sign of any black storks nests were found at the time, business daily Äripäev . . . Complete story »


October 16, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Construction of Risti wind farm questioned by local municipality

On Thursday, the Lääne-Nigula council gave the rural municipality government a task to investigate whether the special plan of the 290-meter long wind farm planned by Enefit Green near Risti borough should be changed or suspended. The plans will see a wind farm consisting of 17 to 30 wind turbines up to 290 meters high built in the area. The decision should be made by the council in December. The municipality has developed doubts that it is not possible to . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Defense ministry wants to tighten up Saaremaa wind farm planning criteria

The defense ministry wants to impose stricter criteria on the location and details of proposed Saaremaa wind farms. The ministry says it opposes the current draft spatial plan, citing changes in defense requirements, regional daily Saarte Hääl reports (link in Estonian). In particular, the ministry has singled out two potential locations at the eastern extremities of the current plan, at Sikassaare, just outside the island’s capital, Kuressaare, and Karujärv, the island’s largest lake, as being unsuitable. Should a wind farm . . . Complete story »


July 30, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Lääne-Nigula wind farm public discussion gets heated

A public discussion on the proposed wind farm at Piirsalu in Lääne-Nigula municipality, Lääne County brought up plenty of controversy Wednesday evening, current affairs show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reports. Enefit Green, state-owned electricity generator Eesti Energia’s renewables subsidiary, announced last year they plan to build the facility. The special plan was initiated by the municipality, and the local residents have been given the chance to get acquainted with three possible locations in the pre-selection. AK reported that the wind farm . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Sõrve residents in Saaremaa vote against wind farms again

The council of the rural municipality district of Torgu has unanimously upheld a decision adopted by its predecessor earlier which opposes the establishment of wind farms in the territory of the district, meaning the Sõrve peninsula of Saaremaa. In the general spatial plan for Saaremaa, Estonia’s biggest island, a draft of which was published recently, a potential area for the development of wind farms is shown in the peninsula with 340 meters as the maximum height of turbines, more than . . . Complete story »


May 5, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Kihnu worried about large offshore wind farm planned near island

Residents of the Western Estonian island of Kihnu are not satisfied with the way preparations have begun for the construction of an offshore windfarm in Pärnu Bay by Enefit Green, the renewables subsidiary of the Estonian state-owned energy group Eesti Energia. Island residents believe that the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) has not adhered to all necessary procedures in drawing up an environmental impact assessment. “We were frustrated by the activities of the TTJA – how it has operated . . . Complete story »


May 5, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition MP: No subsidy for Tootsi wind farm would be better for consumer

State-owned energy group Eesti Energia relinquishing renewable energy support for the Tootsi wind farm would mean consumers having to pay €288 million less in renewable energy fees over a period of 12 years, Social Democratic Party (SDE) MP Lauri Läänemets says. The parliament is scheduled to discuss an SDE bill on Monday that is aimed at preventing an increase in the price of electricity for consumers, spokespeople for opposition party said. The bill proposes that the government oblige Eesti Energia . . . Complete story »


February 11, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Blades must be removed from turbines at Aidu wind farm

The Consumer Protection and Technical Surveillance Authority (TTJA) on Monday ordered Andres and Oleg Sõnajalg, of Eleon Green OÜ, to remove blades from a wind turbine erected in Aidu Wind Park, which disrupts the operation of the national defense early warning system. Since March 2019, the TTJA has conducted a monitoring procedure of Eleon Green OÜ at Aidu Wind Park. It has analyzed the impact assessments of the wind turbines provided by the developer, considered compromise proposals and repeatedly reviewed . . . Complete story »


January 25, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developers not interested in helping pay for new radars

An idea was pitched in the Renewable Energy Support Group of the Riigikogu that wind energy companies could potentially pay for new radars in part themselves. Developers, however, are not interested in the prospect. While an Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) radar scheduled to be completed in 2024 will expand scope of territory where new wind farms may be built in the future, this still won’t be enough in the future. For example, a large part of Ida-Viru County in Northeastern . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Half of Ida-Viru County still off-limits to wind farms with new radar

According to a map drawn up by the Ministry of Defence detailing parts of the country suitable for the development of onshore wind farms, the eastern half of Ida-Viru County would remain off-limits to wind farms even after an additional new radar is completed in 2024 – the absence of which had impeded their construction in the first place. Highlighted as an additional new development area where it would be permitted to build wind turbines up to 150 meters in height . . . Complete story »


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