Wind Power News: Italy
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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. Complete story »
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 . . . Complete story »
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 . . . Complete story »
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 . . . Complete story »
[Emilio Izzo tells us about his battle to protect the environment, and of his beloved Molise.] Appare ricoperta da tre sfumature di verde: una chiarissima, una un po’ meno e un’altra scura. Così Atlavento, l’atlante virtuale voluto dal Gestore per i servizi energetici e che raccoglie i dati sugli impianti eolici, colora l’Italia. Che, secondo i dati diffusi dal ministero per l’Ambiente – e aggiornati a ottobre dello scorso anno – dal vento ricava una potenza energetica effettiva superiore a . . . Complete story »
Wind power installations fell 8 percent last year in the European Union as new activity dropped considerably in Spain, Italy and France, the European Wind Energy Association said yesterday. But the technology increased its presence as a percentage of total installations, as a majority of new power capacity coming online was renewable There was 10,917 megawatts of wind power capacity installed in the European Union last year, with drops of 84 percent, 65 percent and 24 percent in Spain, Italy . . . Complete story »
[Regional law in Campania specifying a distance of at least 800 meters between wind turbines and neighbors is unlawful, because it is contrary to the fundamental principle of maximum diffusion of renewable energy sources established by the state legislature in accordance with the European Union, ruled the Constitutional Court on 30 January.] La legge regionale n. 11/2011 della Campania, prescrivendo che la costruzione di nuovi aerogeneratori deve rispettare una distanza pari o superiore a 800 metri dall’aerogeneratore più vicino preesistente . . . Complete story »
Hundreds of police officers searched homes and offices across Germany on Tuesday as part of an international investigation into a suspected money-laundering scheme by the Calabrian mafia involving a wind farm in Italy, a senior prosecutor said. The investigation centres on a wind farm near the “toe” of Italy’s boot that the Calabrian mob, known as the ’Ndrangheta, is suspected to have bought using the proceeds from extortion, drug trafficking and other criminal activities. Alexander Retemeyer, senior prosecutor in northern . . . Complete story »
Berlusconi ‘stablekeeper’ daughter, son-in-law in Lombard sweep. The daughter and son-in-law of a late Mafia don famous for a mid-1970s spell as alleged stable manager at ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s villa outside Milan were arrested in a sweep Tuesday that threw fresh light on Cosa Nostra’s business clout in the affluent Lombardy region. In a separate operation Tuesday, a front man for Cosa Nostra head Matteo Messina Denaro was arrested in Sicily. Former Berlusconi employee Vittorio Mangano died of cancer in . . . Complete story »
Italian police on Friday seized 3.5 million euros in assets including bank accounts in Sicily and Lombardy belonging to a Sicilian wind-farm mogul linked to the fugitive head of Cosa Nostra. Police said the money had been laundered. The operation followed up the biggest-ever assets seizure in the history of Italy in April, when over 1.3 billion euros belonging to wind-farm and solar-power magnate Vito Nicastri was taken. The National Anti-Mafia Directorate (DIA) has said Nicastri is directly linked to . . . Complete story »