Wind Power News: Greece
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Italian group Enel has suspended construction work on its 154MW Kafireas wind farm in southern Greece – set to be the nation’s largest – after the country’s Council of State issued a temporary order halting the project. A legal challenge by local group the Association for the Protection of the Environment in South Karistia, together with local residents, have brought a case against the Greek Ministry of Environment’s consent for the wind farm. The court has ruled that work on . . .
The summer section of the Council of State issued on Wednesday temporary orders blocking a project by Enel Green Power Hellas to construct a cluster of eight wind farms and 73 wind turbines in the area of Kafireas, on the southern part of Greece΄s Evia island, in the municipality of Karistos. “We order that no further work that seeks to carry out the projects in question be done, until a decision is reached on the request to suspend the contested . . .
The Greek state’s plans to create wind parks on four Greek holiday islands to assist in providing power for the mainland are now facing opposition. The wind parks, which are said to have a capacity of 316.7 megawatts, are perceived as unnecessary and dismissed as an eyesore for locals and tourists alike. “This is a huge project that will destroy our island’s landscape and irreparably damage tourism,” Paros Mayor, Markos Kovaios said. He said the island is already producing enough . . .
The environmental conditions for the construction and the operation of seven large wind farms and the additional technical works required, were approved today by the Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change Yiannis Maniatis. The wind power stations with a total capacity of 465 MW will be located on Mount Vermio, in the northern part of Greece, within the administrative boundaries of Greek municipalities Veria and Naoussa in the Greek Prefecture of Imathia, and the municipality of Eordaia in the . . .
Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Yiannis Maniatis on Wednesday issued a ministerial decree defining the environmental terms and conditions for the construction and operation of seven large wind farms with an installed total capacity of 465 megawatts in Mt.Vermio, between the regions of Imathia and Kozani, Northern Greece. According to AMNA, the wind farms will contribute 558 million euros to the country΄s real economy and produce 1,075 gigawatts of ΄green΄ electricity on an annual basis, corresponding to 2 pct . . .
The Environment Ministry on Friday gave the go-ahead for the construction of wind parks on the Cycladic islands of Naxos, Paros, Tinos and Andros. Minister Yiannis Maniatis approved the environmental study for the seven wind power parks that are to be constructed, generating energy that will be equal to about 1 percent of total demand in Greece and estimated benefits of 262 million euros for the real economy. The ministry rejected the study for building a second wind farm on . . .
Residents of Skyros island in the northern Aegean protested outside the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Ministry on October 25, 2013 against the opening of nine Aeolic parks on the island. The Greek Government is planning to install 111 wind generators with a total capacity of 333 MW on the island of Skyros in the prefecture of Evvia in the north central Aegean, thereby creating one of the biggest wind power parks in the world. Residents of Skyros protest against . . .
The Greek government is drafting a law to push back the determination of a feed-in tariff (FIT) to the moment when a project is connected to the grid. The Hellenic wind energy association (HWEA) has said the law could be the death knell for Greece’s already suffering wind energy sector if it is enacted “It would be an unacceptable provision and no banks would finance projects under these conditions,” says HWEA vice president Ioannis Tsipouridis. “We are waiting to be . . .
Greece’s energy regulator approved higher renewable-power taxes for consumers, backing a second increase in five months to bolster funds at market operator Lagie SA. The levy, which compensates Lagie for guaranteeing fixed power prices to clean-energy producers, will rise to an average 9.30 euros ($12.35) a megawatt-hour from 7.50 euros, the watchdog said in a statement on its website. The increase is backdated to Jan. 1 and valid for six months. Greece, whose financial crisis began in 2009, has like . . .
A wind farm project soon to be approved by authorities in the North Aegean islands of Lesvos, Limnos and Chios in Greece is being questioned and can only be described as ‘self-destructive’ by the Hellenic Ornithological Society and the Society for the Protection of the Environment and Cultural Heritage. Indeed, 70% of the 353 planned wind turbines are located in Natura 2000 protected areas, which are world-famous for bird watching. Significant negative environmental and social impacts can already be predicted . . .