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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.


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 »


June 23, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power set to blow less fiercely

The Norwegian government is proposing what it calls an “historic tightening” of regulations around wind power projects on land. The goal is to reduce conflict levels over the huge turbines that tower over the landscape and pose a threat to birds and other wildlife. After weeks of wind power protests that turned ugly, Oil & Energy Minister Tina Bru sent a proposal to Parliament on Friday that had been prepared even before she was personally threatened by protesters last weekend. . . . Complete story »


June 20, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway to rein in wind power after raging opposition from locals

Norway is set to tighten rules for building wind turbines, caving in to massive protests from locals. A government proposal on Friday to slow down the development of onshore wind power comes after increasing local resistance mirrors sentiment in other European countries. Norway already decided to scrap a plan for a new permission framework last year. Norway, which has already developed a massive hydropower network, faces an increased need for clean energy for the electrification of everything from transportation to . . . Complete story »


June 20, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway to slow down onshore wind power developments

Norway announced plans on Friday to tighten rules for onshore wind power developments to better protect nature, a move that is likely to slow surging growth in the sector. The country has seen a boom in wind power development in the past few years, but has also seen public protests with environmental campaigners accusing some developers of building larger turbines than originally approved, obscuring landscapes and endangering birds. The government’s proposals, which need to be approved by parliament, include setting . . . Complete story »


May 29, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norwegian activists blockade ferry to prevent wind farm construction

Over the past week, a group of residents in Haramsøya, Norway have repeatedly blockaded a local ferry in order to prevent wind farm construction vehicles from passing. The protesters oppose the installation of a new nine-turbine onshore wind farm on top of a nearby plateau. On May 19, ferry operations on Norled’s Skjelten route were briefly disrupted when activists blocked the disembarkation of construction vehicles. Service was quickly restored. A similar action occurred on Tuesday, and the activist group upped . . . Complete story »


April 4, 2020 • Germany, NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Tyskland truer Norge med rettsak | Germany threatens Norway with lawsuit

[Norway had denied an extension to German wind developer (translate article to English)] Idag ble det kjent at Tysklands ambassadør til Norge har kontaktet statssekretær Tony Tiller i OED.-Vi ser dette som en direkte trussel om rettsak mot den norske stat, sier Kari Vik i Motvind Andøy. Det var Vik som først varslet om brevet som er dater 26.mars. —Jeg er rystet over at en ambassadør i et fremmed land blander seg inn i Norges beslutninger på regjeringsnivå. Ambassadøren, Alfred Grannas, . . . Complete story »


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