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Wind Power News: Estonia


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.

May 11, 2019 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Saaremaa wind turbine blocked

The municipal government on the island of Saaremaa has blocked the building of a wind turbine, BNS reports. A company called OÜ Energialevi had planned to erect a 142.5 meter-high turbing at Uudibe, near the village of Salme, but was turned down by local authorites, according to regional daily Saarte Hääl. The reason given was planning issues related to the region’s land use, as well as opposition from local residents, and the environment board, it is reported. “It’s fine for . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2019 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Estonian police impose prohibition on stay to stop construction work at Aidu wind farm

TALLINN – The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board on Friday declared the territory of the Aidu wind farm being developed by brothers Oleg and Andres Sonajalg off-limits after the developer had refused to comply with an order to stop the constriction work, Postimees said. The order to stop the work had been issued by the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority. “Based on the materials forwarded to us by the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority, the Police and . . . Complete story »

April 12, 2019 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Estonia blocks $1.9 billion wind park at sea on security concern

The Estonian government has decided not to proceed with an application for a 600-megawatt wind farm by developer Saare Wind Energy OU, citing security concerns. The company had been drawing up plans for four years and had applied for a 50-year building permit for 100 six-megawatt turbines off the island of Saaremaa. The cost of the project was estimated at 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion). “The reason for refusal is a suspicion that the applicant may threaten public order, safety . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2019 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Environment ministry follows defence ministry in calling for Sõnajalg wind farm halt

Outgoing environmental minister Siim Kiisler (Isamaa) has demanded the halting of the long-running construction of the Aidu wind farm. The wind farm, at Aidu, in the Maidla municipality in Ida-Viru County, is the brainchild of the Sõnajalg brothers, entrepreneurs and some-time members of a popular music band. The two brothers state that they got permission from Maidla municipality in 2013 and that this is still valid. In July 2018, another ministry, defence, had already said that construction must halt because . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2018 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Development of Aidu wind farm can’t go on legally – Estonian minister

By not fulfilling its coordinating obligation with regard to the Aidu wind farm, a large wind generating area in northeastern Estonia whose construction has been halted by a court, the Luganuse municipalty has created a situation where it is no longer possible to move forward with the development in a lawful manner and jeopardized the functionality of equipment vital for national defense, informs LETA/BNS referring to the Defense Minister Juri Luik. The Ministry of Defense is opposed to the execution . . . Complete story »

August 1, 2018 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Defence Ministry: Illegal construction at Aidu wind farm must stop

The Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday that it wants Aidu Tuulepark OÜ, a company owned by businessmen Oleg and Andres Sõnajalg, to first halt illegal construction activity at the wind farm, as the company does not have a construction permit for the building thereof, before it can discuss anything else. “The Ministry of Defence has always been solution-oriented,” the ministry said in an answer to BNS. “We have constantly been in dialogue with developers, including Aidu Tuulepark OÜ, to . . . Complete story »

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 offshore wind capacity . . . Complete story »

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