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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.

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 »

April 2, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Ble arrestert på sin kones 60-årsdag

[Heart-sick Geir Nekstad was celebrating his wife’s birthday when six uniformed police officers stormed the house and arrested him, suspected of setting fire to an excavator in Nessadalen. For two days, he and his son had to spend the night at the police station. Today Geir tells his story. (translate article to English)] Hjertesyke Geir Nekstad skulle feire konas fødselsdag, da seks uniformerte politifolk stormet huset og arresterte han, mistenkt for herværk på en gravemaskin i Nessadalen. I to døgn måtte . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Government abandons national framework for land-based wind power

On 1 March 2019 the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) presented a draft national framework plan for land-based wind power. The framework consists of an updated knowledge base and a map showing the 13 areas that NVE has assessed as suitable for land-based wind power. The public hearing on the national framework resulted in more than 5,000 responses, including 56 from municipalities. Of these municipalities, 49 expressed their scepticism towards land-based wind power projects. Following the public hearing, . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Sami celebrate amid climate concerns

Sami flags flew all over Norway on Thursday as the country’s indigenous people celebrated their own national day. The president of the Sami Parliament complained, though, that many of Norway’s new climate programs ignore Sami interests. Aili Keskitalo stressed in her New Year’s address last month that “powerful forces” have been “working against the Sami.” She went further in an interview published Thursday in newspaper Klassekampen, as she spoke out against windmills and mining that disrupt Sami reindeer herding and litter . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2020 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Gravemaskin til tre millioner utbrent i vindpark: – Vi er triste og forbannet

En utbrent gravemaskin og sprengningsmatter i brann møtte arbeiderne på jobb i Frøya vindpark fredag morgen. Entreprenøren mistenker sabotasje. [subscription required] Three-million-krone excavator burned at wind farm – Contractor: “We are sad and cursed” A burned-out excavator and blasting mats on fire met the workers at the Frøya wind facility on Friday morning. The contractor suspects sabotage. Complete story »

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