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Wind Power News: Greece

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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.


February 19, 2022 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Greek wind projects annoy environmentalists

ATHENS – Greece is launching schemes to protect its mountains and beaches from development — a move critics say is an effort to respond to complaints following a massive investment surge in wind energy that has already destroyed many habitats. The first initiative, known as “Untrodden Mountains” and announced at November’s COP26 climate summit, will initially put six mountainous areas under protected status. The second, “1,000 Pristine Beaches,” is expected to launch later this year and will prohibit any new development or . . . Complete story »


February 11, 2022 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Turbine ‘torture’ for Greek islanders as wind farms proliferate

Until a few years ago, Agii Apostoli was a picturesque seaside village on the eastern coast of Evia, drawing a modest income from tourism and fishing. Now it is ringed by towering wind turbines whose night lights and whirring sounds are tantamount to daily “torture”, locals say. “Longterm visitors ask us, why did you allow this crime to take place?” laments Stamatoula Karava, a local employee involved in a local cultural association. With their aviation lights flashing through the night . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2022 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Greece to ban development in mountain areas to protect habitats

Greece will forbid new road building and development in six of its mountain areas, taking a first step to protect its last remaining virgin habitats, Environment Minister Kostas Skrekas said on Tuesday. Making the transition to green energy a key priority, the conservative government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has promised to shut down nearly all its lignite-fired plants by 2025 and protect areas with native plants and animals. Following devastating wildfires fuelled by a protracted heatwave last summer, the . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2022 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Greek bird society says more wind turbines threaten vultures

ATHENS – Joining a chorus of critics who don’t want wind turbines used in Greece to power energy, the Hellenic Ornithological Society said plans to add more in the Akarnanian Mountains would jeopardize the country’s most important vulture breeding ground. Last month the regional unit of western Greece issued six licenses for category B (less than 10 MW) wind power stations for the area in western Greece, after others made unfounded complaints in the summer that wildfires on the island of . . . Complete story »


November 28, 2021 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

How Greece loses its natural heritage

Since 2012, Greek authorities have failed to reach a significant goal as a member of the European Union. They have continued to ignore EU standards and requirements for natural resources and biodiversity preservation. Even though climate change is knocking at the door and gaining the world’s attention, Greece even now chooses the path of harming and disturbing its national natural treasures. New environmental legislation is exacerbating the failure of the Greek state by triggering a series of dangers and possible . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2021 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Too much of a good thing? Wind power and the battle for Greece’s wild heart

Greece’s lack of a strategic planning framework allows developers to license wind power projects many times over requirements, disregarding their impact on local habitats. Is there a better way to plan for renewable energy that avoids damaging the environment in the name of combating climate change? “Name your three favourite places in Greece, then look at the map of the Greek Energy Regulator. There is most probably a wind farm planned there”, says Dimitris Gotsis, a design engineer and outdoors . . . Complete story »


September 28, 2021 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Gov’t tells regulator to withdraw wind turbine permits in fire-affected areas

The country’s energy regulator should withdraw a permit for the erection of wind turbines on a mountain in northern Evia affected by last August’s wildfires, a government minister said on Monday. In a letter to the head of the Energy Regulatory Authority, Minister for Environment and Energy Kostas Skrekas expressed his surprise that a permit had been issued to erect wind turbines in the municipality of Istiaia, in northern Evia. “I was surprised to learn that the Energy Regulatory Authority . . . Complete story »


September 28, 2021 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Minister calls for revocation of wind turbine permits in northern Evia

ΑΤΗΕΝS – The Energy Regulatory Authority must revoke the licenses for wind turbines it has approved for Istiea, in fire-devastated northern Evia, Environment & Energy Minsiter Kostas Skrekas demanded in a letter on Monday. In a letter to the authority’s president, Athanassios Dagoumas, the minister expressed his surprise at the decision, stressing that the government had “explicitly promised that it will not intervene in fire-devasted areas until the restitution committee submits its plans.” “Instead,” he said, “I was informed to my . . . Complete story »


July 23, 2021 • Blogs, GreecePrint storyE-mail story

The strange case of the climate scientists fighting a wind farm

On the edge of the Aegean Sea lies Antikythera, a bone-dry, windswept rock of 8.5 square miles (22 square kilometers) and 22 inhabitants. Despite appearances, this unforgiving land holds immense ecological importance. A NATURA-protected area, it is a migration hot spot for birds, with more than 200 species from Africa reposing there each spring and fall before heading north and south respectively; it is home to the world’s largest colony of Eleonora’s falcon; it is the westernmost site in the . . . Complete story »


June 29, 2021 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

They said ‘no’ to illegal wind turbines

Yesterday the residents of Rethymno sent a loud message to the law-breaking investors in wind energy, preventing the installation of three wind turbines within walking distance from the village of Adraktos in the mountains of the Municipality of Agios Vasileios. From four o’clock in the morning, after being informed that the wind turbines had been unloaded at Souda Port, the residents set up a blockade on the access road, specifically in the Kissou Kampos area. The trucks carrying the wind . . . Complete story »


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