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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.


July 31, 2013 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Tar blocca parco eolico Camerino (Court blocks Camerino wind project)

ANCONA, 31 LUG – Il Tar delle Marche ha accolto il ricorso di Italia Nostra e bloccato la costruzione di un parco eolico con 17 torri di 105 metri, e una potenza complessiva di 34 MW, che la Comunita’ Montana di Camerino voleva costruire in un’area vincolata. La sentenza ha annullato l’autorizzazione del Consiglio dei ministri (30 aprile 2012) e i successivi provvedimenti della Regione Marche. Contro il parco si era pronunciata la Soprintendenza ai Beni ambientali. Complete story »


July 31, 2013 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Catanzaro, Operazione “Wind farm”: sottoposto nuovamente a sequestro il parco eolico di Isola Capo Rizzuto (KR)

[Catanzaro “Operation Wind Farm”: Isola Capo Rizzuto facility newly subject to seizure] Nella giornata odierna i finanzieri del g.i.c.o. del nucleo di polizia tributaria di catanzaro, in esecuzione delle ordinanze emesse dal tribunale di catanzaro, seconda sezione penale, hanno nuovamente sottoposto al vincolo del sequestro il parco eolico wind farm icr di isola capo rizzuto, ritenuto uno dei più grandi d’europa, oltre a tre società (vent1 capo rizzuto s.r.l., purena s.r.l. e veda s.n.c. di fabiola ventura) già sottoposte a . . . Complete story »


July 29, 2013 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Italian Mafia goes green; Italy’s underworld has its sights set on the alternative energy sector and the Internet

With generous grants and tax breaks offered by nearly every European nation, the green energy market is appealing to entrepreneurs across the continent. Not all of those investors have the future of the planet in mind, however, when they begin investing in alternative energy. Italy’s organised crime groups (OCG), the Mafia so often glorified in TV and film, are taking advantage of the surging popularity in environmental investment, and using it to their benefit. In a recent report released by . . . Complete story »


July 13, 2013 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

“No” dei sindaci di San Venanzo e Parrano al parco sul Peglia

[“No” from mayors of San Venanzo and Parrano to wind project on Mt. Peglia – The project – they said – “calls for 18 towers, each 150 meters high, concrete footings for a total of 6 hectares, kilometers of new roads linking the towers, two huge electrical substations, kilometers of new power lines for connecting to the national grid …”] Secco “no” dei Sindaci di San Venanzo e di Parrano, due comuni della Provincia di Terni, alla realizzazione del progetto di installazione . . . Complete story »


July 12, 2013 • Europe, Italy, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

“The Windfather” – Another report finds wind and renewable energy projects controlled by organized crime to launder money

Europol report ties mafia to renewable energy This week, Europol released yet another report tying the financing, development and operation of renewable energy projects, particularly wind energy infrastructure projects, to organized crime in Europe. The latest Europol report follows on the heels of an earlier one, the “Serious & Organized Crime Threat Assessment 2013”, which similarly found that organized crime is involved in, and in some instances controls, renewable energy financings and project developments for the purposes of laundering proceeds . . . Complete story »


July 12, 2013 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

No all’impianto eolico, Zanoni in missione sul Monte Pizzoc

[No to wind facility on Mount Pizzoc: Andrea Zanoni on a mission] Andrea Zanoni in missione sul Monte Pizzoc. Domenica sera l’eurodeputato ha effettuato un sopralluogo nell’area dove il Comune di Fregona ha in programma di realizzare un imponente impianto eolico. “Una follia” per Zanoni, che si oppone al progetto: “Si tratta del posto più sbagliato di tutto il Nord Italia per costruire un simile impianto – rileva l’eurodeputato, che pure è un forte sostenitore dell’eolico – Queste gigantesche pale . . . Complete story »


July 6, 2013 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Mafia launders dirty money in clean energy – Europol

The Italian mafia is ramping up investment in wind farms to launder money and benefit from EU subsidies. Europol reports winds farms, and renewable energy in general, are the most popular target for laundering money, after analysing the financial activities of Italy’s four mafia groups. “The Italian mafia is investing more and more in renewable energy, especially in wind farms, to profit from generous European grants paid for by member states which allow them to mix dirty money with legitimate . . . Complete story »


July 5, 2013 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Italian mafia ‘turns to wind farm investment to launder money and benefit from EU subsidies’

Italian mafia have turned to wind farm investment to launder money and benefit from EU subsidies, according to a Europol report. Winds farms, and renewable energy in general, are the most popular target for laundering money, Europe’s policing agency concluded after analysing the financial activities of Italy’s four mafia groups. ‘The Italian mafia is investing more and more in renewable energy, especially in wind farms, to profit from generous European grants paid for by member states which allow them to . . . Complete story »


July 5, 2013 • Europe, ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

Mafia goes green to launder green

Brussels – The Italian mafia is ramping up investment in wind farms to launder money and benefit from EU subsidies, according to a Europol report published on Thursday. Europe’s policing agency said an analysis of the financial activities of the Italian mafia’s four groupings found wind farms to be the most popular target for dirty money within the renewable energy sector, itself a criminal favourite. “The Italian mafia is investing more and more in renewable energy, especially in wind farms, . . . Complete story »


June 15, 2013 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

After 20 years, hunt for fugitive Sicilian Mafia boss intensifies

Investigators will not say whether they believe an arrest is imminent, but police have ramped up seizures of businesses they believe are fronting for Messina Denaro. Among them are firms that were involved in hosting America's Cup races in Trapani in 2005; a chain of supermarkets that specialized in hiring mobsters fresh out of jail; and the business empire of Sicilian entrepreneur Vito Nicastri, who attracted foreign investment and European Union funding for wind farms he set up across Sicily. In April, police concluded the seizure of 43 companies, 98 properties and dozens of accounts totaling $1.7 billion from Nicastri, nicknamed "The Lord of the Wind" and suspected of being at the Cosa Nostra's disposal. Complete story »


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