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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.


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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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, . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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December 16, 2014 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Italian police seize Mafia boss’s assets worth millions of euros: Is this the end of the line for Matteo Messina Denaro?

In 2010 it emerged the Cosa Nostra was attempting to cream off millions of euros from both the Italian government and the European Union, by snatching the generous grants on offer for investment in wind power – and move into respectable green business. Over the past decade, thanks to generous subsidies, wind farms in Italy have proliferated at a rate of 20 per cent per year, and the Sicilian Mafia soon plugged into this new source of income.

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September 25, 2014 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Messina Denaro sister’s assets seized

Palermo, September 25 – Italian police on Thursday seized assets worth several thousands of euros belonging to the jailed sister of Cosa Nostra No.1 Matteo Messina Denaro. Several firms including an olive-oil company belonging to Messina Denaro’s sister Anna Patrizia and her husband were impounded and a number of bank accounts frozen. The boss’s sister was among 30 people arrested in December but police think she still has contact with her brother and relays his orders. After the December sweep . . .

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July 8, 2014 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Prysmian loses EUR 28m cables at sea

ITALY: Prysmian has revealed that a vessel carrying the cables for two German offshore wind farms has capsized off the coast of Sardinia, losing its cargo. The AMT Explorer barge was transporting the cables for the Deutsche Bucht and Butendiek wind farms from near Naples in southern Italy to Bermenhaven in northern Germany when it spilled its cargo. No crew were injured in the incident, Pysmian said in a statement. The firm said that the cables are valued at around . . .

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May 22, 2014 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

L’eolico selvaggio che soffoca il Molise

Nel convegno organizzato a Montecilfone, dalle associazioni contro l’eolico selvaggio in Molise una cosa è emersa chiara e netta, il territorio non si devasta più, e non sarà più permesso alle amministrazioni insensibili di fare i propri comodi. Queste dunque le parole d’ordine. Ad intervenire al convegno, tra gli altri è arrivato da Isernia Emilio Izzo, che da anni sta richiamando l’attenzione sul consumo del territorio e sugli affari, stranissimi, di chi c’è dietro l’eolico, soprattutto in Molise. “Sull’eolico il . . .

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