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Wind Power News: Italy


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 2, 2019 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Sicily’s ‘king of wind’ guilty of bankrolling top mafia fugitive

A Sicilian windfarm businessman, known as the “king of wind”, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for bankrolling the No 1 mafia fugitive, Matteo Messina Denaro. Vito Nicastri, a former electrician from Alcamo in the province of Trapani, was one of the key funders of Denaro’s long spell on the run, a judge in Palermo ruled on Tuesday. In 2013, Nicastri, who was under house arrest, lost his companies, property, cars and boats after anti-mafia investigators ordered the . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2019 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

12 yrs asked for windfarm king Nicastri

Anti-mafia prosecutors on Wednesday asked for a jail term of 12 years for Sicilian ‘windfarm king’ Vito Nicastri for complicity in mafia association. Nicastri has been charged in a Palermo probe into bribes for the Sicilian regional government centring on former Forza Italia MP and businessman Paolo Arata, now close to the nationalist League party of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Nicastri has been accused of being close to Cosa Nostra’s No.1 fugitive Matteo Messina Denaro. The probe has a Roman . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

12 arrested in Italian anti-mafia operation

A renowned entrepreneur in the wind power industry in Sicily, Vito Nicastri, was among the 12 people arrested on Tuesday, Ansa reported. The man has long been suspected of providing key support to the run of Messina Denaro -- following accusations by mobster-turned informants -- and his assets have been subjected to preventive seizures in the past. Complete story »

November 15, 2017 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Court blocks Italian offshore; 137MW project off Sicily deemed to interfere with cultural heritage

Italian courts have overturned planning consent for a proposed 137MW wind farm off the Italian island of Sicily due to archaeological concerns. Sicily’s regional administrative court this month voided a construction permit awarded to developer Mediterranean Wind Offshore by Italy’s Infrastructure and Transport Ministry in 2013. The decision follows a four-year legal battle by environmental, archaeological and cultural societies. The court also ruled building the 38-turbine project in the Gulf of Gela would violate Unesco rules regarding the protection of . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2017 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

’Ndrángheta: infiltrazione parco eolico, sequestro da 350 mln

[Criminal infiltration of seized wind energy facilities in Sicily] Tra le proprietà sequestrate spicca il parco eolico ‘Wind farm’ di Isola di Capo Rizzuto (Crotone) che è tra i più grandi d’Europa per estensione e potenza erogata. E per questo sul registro degli indagati finirono 31 persone: esponenti delle cosche locali, imprenditori, tecnici e pubblici funzionari, con accuse che andavano dal riciclaggio all’interposizione fittizia di beni e societa’, dal falso all’abuso d’ufficio, tutte aggravate dall’aver agito per favorire la cosca . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2017 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Une éolienne se désintègre sous la force du vent

Download MP4 file. Le vent soufflait fort ces derniers jours dans le sud de la péninsule italienne, si fort qu’une éolienne s’est désintégrée sous la force du souffle. Aquilonia est une ville du sur de l’Italie, à quelque 150 kilomètres de Naples. Dans cette région, un parc éolien permet de transformer en électricité le vent violent qui peut y souffler. Une des éoliennes du parc filmée par hasard par les passants tourne de plus en plus vite, avant de se . . . Complete story »

July 26, 2015 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Mafia and multinationals milk Italy’s green energy boom

NARBOLIA, Italy – Thousands of solar panels glint in the sun, but the prized farmland beneath lies barren. While the Italian island of Sardinia revels in a renewable energy boom, the long arm of organised crime risks sullying its clean power ambitions. Famed for its lush plains and emerald waters but racked by poverty and unemployment, Sardinia has jumped at the chance to boost the economy by converting its long months of sunshine into green energy. And it is not . . . Complete story »

May 7, 2015 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Orvieto e Tuscania contro l’eolico, a rischio storia e paesaggio

Tutti d’accordo sulle rinnovabili, ma mettereste mai un impianto fotovoltaico sul Colosseo? O delle pale eoliche nella Valle dei Templi? A porre la questione sono i sindaci di Tuscania e Orvieto che, sostenuti da ben tredici associazioni, lanciano l’allarme per il rischio che si realizzino due impianti eolici incompatibili con l’ambiente, il paesaggio e la storia di due luoghi di pregio: davanti alla chiesa di San Pietro a Tuscania e vicino al Duomo di Orvieto. Niente contro l’energia rinnovabile, anzi, . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2015 • Europe, Italy, SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Some EU countries turning cold on wind farms

A wave of political and regulatory uncertainty sweeping across the EU has caused the rate of wind farm installations to plummet by as much as 90 per cent in some countries. The overall amount of wind power generating capacity installed in the EU still rose by 4 per cent last year, outpacing new gas and coal plant capacity combined, writes the FT’s Environment Correspondent, Pilita Clark. But investments have been severely undermined by “erratic and harsh” changes to renewable energy . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2015 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Italian energy tycoon gets four-year prison term

Sicilian energy entrepreneur Vito Nicastri on Thursday was convicted of filing false tax returns and fraud against the State by a Milan court and sentenced to four years in prison. Dubbed by Italian media as the “king of alternative energy” over his vast holdings in wind farms and photovoltaic cell companies, Nicastri is suspected by Sicilian investigators to have ties with fugitive Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro. He was first placed under investigation by magistrates in Trapani in 2010 . . . Complete story »

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