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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

July 19, 2018 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Ministry of Defence says ongoing wind farm construction lacks permission

The Ministry of Defence has told ERR that attempts to construct a wind farm in the northeast of Estonia lack the required permits. However the copmany carrying out the work denies it is construction work they are doing, and simply involves ‘storage’ activities. The company in question, Aidu Tuulepark OÜ, a holding of businessmen Oleg and Andres Sõnajalg, is continuing with the construction of the wind farm in Ida-Viru County, according to the Ministry, something they are not allowed to . . . Complete story »

November 1, 2017 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Second-tier court dismisses appeal of Hiiumaa wind farm opponents

Tallinn Circuit Court has rejected the appeal of opponents of a large offshore wind farm planned to be built off the coast of the island of Hiiumaa, which sought to have an order issued by the Hiiu county governor adopting the relevant thematic plan to be revoked. The action to revoke the order of the county governor had been filed by the nonprofit MTÜ Hiiu Tuul, Hiiumaa Municipality, and individuals Inge Talts, Lembit Vainumäe, Kristi Ugam and Igor Prigoda. The . . . Complete story »

September 13, 2017 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Municipality refuses planning permission for Eurowind wind farm

The government of the rural municipality of Sauga in Parnu county in Estonia issued an order at the end of August 2017 to refuse planning permission for a wind farm that the company Eurowind OU wanted to build in its territory, Parnu Postimees/BNS/LETA report. The sought location, the moorland area of Nurme, had been put forward by the municipality and the negative decision mainly was a result of opposition from local peat extracting companies. Originally Eurowind had been planning to . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2016 • Estonia, Latvia, LithuaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Close-knit Baltic neighbors take different tack on offshore wind power

Baltic neighbors Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia share a lot in common, including the Baltic Sea, but the differences in their development of offshore wind power are stark. Estonia, which has met the European Union’s 2020 renewable energy targets, is the least energy import-dependent country in the EU and will strengthen its energy security with between 1,300 MW and 1,700 MW to be added to the grid from two offshore wind projects by 2020. Currently there is 303 MW of installed . . . Complete story »

January 27, 2016 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Estonian defense forces’ radar needs may foil Eleon wind farm project

A plan of members of the Estonian Wind Energy Association to set up a wind farm and a plant for the manufacture of oversized wind turbines in northeastern Estonia may not materialize because the turbines will get in the way of the functioning of the radars of the Estonian defense forces, Eesti Paevaleht said. Maj. Mati Kuppar, air surveillance engineer and head of the technical group at the Estonian Air Force, said there were multiple problems related to the radars, . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2013 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Eesti Energia CEO: national wind energy capacity is now nearly maxed out

Chairman of the Eesti Energia management board Sandor Liive says wind farms in all but offshore locations have reached their full potential in Estonia and the renewable energy focus should now be placed on biomass. The 126 wind turbines now spinning in Paldiski, after yesterday’s opening ceremony for 18 of them, can produce enough to fill 6 percent of the entire country’s electricity consumption needs. By the end of the year, the figure should be at 8 percent – 300 . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2013 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Estonian national fish casts doubts over major wind energy park

The Tartu University marine institute has to conduct study to ascertain how the state-owned energy giant Eesti Energia’s planned Kihnu wind energy park, which will be located in the spawning area of Baltic herrings, would affect the behaviour of the fish, writes LETA/Eesti Päevaleht. If Baltic herrings start fearing the wind energy generators, it might mean and end to fishing in not just the vicinity of the Kihnu island but in the whole Pärnu Bay. Tartu University senior researcher Henn . . . Complete story »

July 29, 2013 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Planned wind park’s effects on herring to be studied

State-owned energy giant Eesti Energia has commissioned a study to see how a giant, offshore wind turbine park it hopes to build near Kihnu island might affect the area’s Baltic herring population. “Baltic herring, like all herring, is very sensitive, and we must study how the vibration from the turbines affects its behavior,” Henn Ojaveer, a senior research fellow at the University of Tartu’s Marine Institute, told Eesti Päevaleht today. The study, conducted by the Marine Institute, will cost 100,000 . . . Complete story »

July 26, 2013 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

IRL politician seeking to establish size limits on wind turbines

Veteran IRL politico Tõnis Palts has drafted a motion to limit the height and power of wind turbines on the western islands, saying too many of the eyesores could threaten the tourist industry. Parts told uudised.err.ee on Thursday that tourism is practically the only sustainable industry on the islands of Muhu, Vormsi, Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, and tourists could keep away if the islands become full of large turbines. The bill, which would limit turbines to 30 meters and 20KW, was . . . Complete story »

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