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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.

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 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 »

September 24, 2020 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy conflicts show how Arctic renewable energy projects can founder

At its essence, the Sámi position when it comes to renewable energy in the form of wind turbines and hydroelectric is simple: Herders don’t want their reindeer-herding disrupted by human-made hindrances. Infrastructure such as railways, roads, dams and wind farms all pose problems for herders in one way or another. In the case of wind farms, the problem is twofold: First, their placement can disrupt migration routes, either forcing reindeer and their herders to find a new path between winter . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Bird deaths from wind turbine’s drop by 72% when one blade is black

Painting one blade of a wind turbine makes it easier for birds to avoid a deadly encounter. A study found that painting one of the [three] white blades on a wind turbine black reduces the amount of dead birds by 72 per cent. Scientists from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research conducted a trial on the remote island of Smøla comparing how many birds were killed by four painted turbines compared to their untouched neighbors. Scientists regularly scoured the bottom . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2020 • Germany, NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm versus habitat; Construction project threatens indigenous culture

Jedes Jahr im Juni veröffentlicht die norwegische Energieregulierungsbehörde NVE Informationen über die einheimische Stromproduktion und den Stromverbrauch des Vorjahres. Es sind auf den ersten Blick äußerst merkwürdige Zahlen. Da wurde in Norwegen zu 98 Prozent Strom aus erneuerbaren Quellen produziert – überwiegend ist das Wasserkraft. Auf der Verbrauchsseite standen die Erneuerbaren in Norwegen aber nur für 9 Prozent, Strom aus fossilen Quellen dagegen für 58 und Atomstrom für 33 Prozent. In einem Land ohne ein einziges AKW und mit nur . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2020 • Norway, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

‘Green’ colonialism is ruining Indigenous lives in Norway

In April this year, wind energy company Eolus Vind broke ground for the Oyfjellet wind plant, a new wind power project in Saepmie, the ancestral lands of the Indigenous Saami people, which stretch across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This led to a conflict between the Norwegian authorities, project developers and the Saami reindeer herding community Jillen Njaarke, which reveals the numerous reckless practices behind Europe’s “green” energy transition. The German owners of the Oyfjellet wind project, Aquila Capital, have . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Reindeer herders say they will sue to halt Norway’s largest wind farm

A group of Sámi reindeer herders in Norway say they intend to seek legal action against the owners of what is to be that country’s largest wind farm for violating their rights by hindering reindeer migration between winter and summer feeding grounds. The announcement on Friday from the herders of the Jillen-Njaarke district in Nordland County, with the backing of Motvind, a Norwegian anti-wind-power group, comes amid increasing tensions with Eolus, the Swedish-German owner of the Øyfjellet project. Eolus, which . . . Complete story »

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