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Wind Power News: Norway


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.

March 26, 2021 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Why Norwegian fishermen are against more offshore wind farms

The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association fears that the large-scale development of offshore wind farms will cause damage to their livelihoods. Large-scale expansion of the wind farms could cause irreversible damage to coastal fishing, the association has said. “There is a risk of destroying one of Norway’s most important industries in order to build up something (wind energy) that we don’t know the impact of,” the leader of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association, Kjell Ingebrigtsen, told newspaper Klassekampen. There are approximately 11,000 fishermen . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2021 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Huge costs jeopardise Equinor’s ambitious plans for power from shore

Kjetil Lund, head of the Norwegian Water Resources & Energy Directorate, has cautioned that the massive plans could increase electricity demand by at least 15 terawatt-hours, representing 10% of Norway’s total electricity production. The increased electricity demand could only be met with a significant development of controversial onshore wind power, Lund said in a statement on the directorate's website. It would also increase electricity prices, he said. Complete story »

February 10, 2021 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Reindeer: ancient migration routes disrupted by roads, dams – and now wind farms

Reindeer, or caribou as they’re known in North America, are impressive travellers. Herds made up of many thousands of animals can cover 5,000km each year in the far north of Europe, Siberia and Canada. This is one of the longest land migrations on Earth – but an ongoing transformation of the Arctic landscape threatens to break it up. Roads, railways, mines and dams have disrupted the well-worn trails that reindeer follow each year, particularly across northern Europe. In one study, . . . Complete story »

February 5, 2021 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Vindkraft forgiftet vannet | Windpower poisoned the water

SKITTENT: Vannet i krana til Jan Ryeng ble udrikkelig som følge av vindkraftutbygging. Vannanlegget utbyggerne lovet, er snart tre år på overtid. – Kort tid etter at de startet utbyggingen, ble elva helt grå, sier Jan Ryeng. Den pensjonerte jordbærbonden bærer inn to fulle vanndunker som nettopp ble levert med bil på gårdsplassen. Gården på øya Kvaløya i Tromsø har alltid hatt rikelig tilgang på vann. Det kommer fra to små elver, Vollelva og Gårdselva, som begge har sitt utspring . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2021 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Sámi reindeer herders file lawsuit against Norway windfarm

Indigenous reindeer herders are bringing a legal action against a proposed wind power project that would be one of the largest in Norway. The Sámi herders from Nordland county are accusing the Øyfjellet windfarm constructors of breaking licensing agreements which stipulated that construction would not interfere with reindeer migration paths. This is not the first such lawsuit in Norway. In the past five years Sámi communities have begun legal actions against the country’s largest onshore windfarms and have appealed to . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2020 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Sami women, indigenous reindeer herders, are fighting for their ancestral lands

In northern Europe, where winter temperatures hover between -13 and -22 degrees Fahrenheit, reindeer roam an ancient pine forest that’s blanketed by snow. That might sound like a fantastical scene from a snow globe, but for the Sámi people, the Indigenous inhabitants of Arctic Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula in Russia, this is home. The expansive region, known as Sápmi, is their ancestral land—and herding reindeer there has been a form of survival for them since the prehistoric . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm backlash grows in oil-rich Norway ahead of election

The backlash among the public and lawmakers has gone so far that industry consultant StormGeo Nena Analysis said last month that it’s unlikely any more wind farms will be built on land in the decade to 2034. Statnett is even more skeptical, seeing no further large scale developments ever except for offshore. Wind farm opponents come from all walks of life. Complete story »

November 30, 2020 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Arctic turbulence: why Indigenous communities are fighting wind farms

The Arctic is experiencing climate change at a faster pace than the rest of the world. Having already had to adapt, the Indigenous people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and north-western Russia – the Saami – now face a new threat to their existence as industrial wind farms are constructed on their ancestral lands to supply the western world’s growing demand for green energy. Speaking at a panel on Indigenous self-governance in 2018, Aili Keskitalo, the president of the Saami Parliament . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Deler av vinge falt av vindturbin på Hundhammerfjellet

[Parts of a wind turbine blade have fallen off in Hundhammerfjellet.] Deler av en vinge fra en vindturbin i Hundhammerfjellet vindpark har falt av. Ødeleggelsen ble oppdaget i dag tidlig av fagfolk på stedet. Pål-Anders Dahl i NTE Energi AS opplyser at ingen skal være skadet i forbindelse med uhellet som har rammet turbin tre i Hundhammerfjellet vindpark i Nærøysund. – USIKKER ÅRSAK – Det vi vet er at en del av en turbinvinge på turbin tre har falt ned . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines are interfering with TV signal in Rogaland, authorities order temporary shutdown

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) ordered the Vardafjellet wind power plant in Rogaland to stop all its turbines because they disturb the TV signal. The turbines must be stopped until the problems have been fixed. The NVE was informed that the newly built wind farm affected the neighbors’ TV signal this autumn. The wind power plant was told to fix the issues by November 6. As the plant failed to do so, it was ordered to stop . . . Complete story »

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