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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 6, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway’s controversial wind turbine plans and mining put nature and Sami community at risk

Norway’s indigenous community Sami’s survival is under threat with the government’s controversial mining activities and wind turbines. The northernmost region of Norway, Finnmark is home to many of 40,000 Sami population in Norway. In the region, the community is mainly occupied with reindeer herding and fishing. The climate change is a challenge for these activities. But climate change is not the only threat to the Sami community and their survival. Norwegian government’s recent controversial actions opening the arctic for minig . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2019 • Norway, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Nei til vindkraft på land

Forbundsstyret i Kongelig Norsk Båtforbund (KNBF) har vedtatt en resolusjon mot vindkraft på land. [The Federal Board of the Royal Norwegian Boat Association (KNBF) has adopted a resolution against wind power on land: “Wind power in the planned areas will have very negative consequences for boat traffic, outdoor life, noise, bird and wildlife, cultural heritage and reindeer herding.”] «Vindkraft i de planlagte arealene vil ha svært negative konsekvenser for båtferdsel, friluftsliv, støy, fugle- og dyreliv, kulturminner og reindrift,» heter det . . . Complete story »

May 29, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Large unspoilt natural areas in Norway threatened by wind power development

Wind power in Norway will seize 630 square kilometers of untouched nature in Norway according to the Norwegian Environmental Agency. This corresponds to about one and a half times the area to Oslo. The NVE and the Norwegian Environmental Agency have calculated that the total plan area for wind power will be just under 1,600 square kilometers. In total, it’s 142,500 square kilometers of untouched nature in this country reported NRK news. A number of nature and outdoor organizations, among . . . Complete story »

May 29, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Not so fast, wind(mill)s of change

Energy company TrønderEnergi planned to begin building its wind power development on Frøya on May 13. However, they were met by protesters attempting to stop construction of the wind turbines. Project Managers Ragnhild Remmen Bull and Thomas Helles from TrønderEnergi were present to put up speed limit signs and fences at the construction area, writes Adresseavisen. About 10 protesters from the action group “No to wind power on Frøya” turned up in an attempt to stop the construction work. “We . . . Complete story »

May 28, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Conflicts blow over windmill projects

The Norwegian government went to the dramatic extent on Monday of halting, at least temporarily, construction of a highly contested wind energy project on the island of Frøya. It’s just one of many where windmill opponents have resorted to public demonstrations, civil disobedience and even vandalism in their efforts to block construction of the huge turbines they claim will ruin scenic nature forever. The state government minister in charge of local governments, Monica Mæland of the Conservative Party, issued an . . . Complete story »

May 12, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway marches against building wind turbines in untouched natural areas

One of Norway’s biggest civil society organization, Norwegian Tourist Association (DNT) arranges support march all over Norway. The goal is to prevent the construction of wind turbines in protected natural areas. Last month, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) presented the draft national framework for wind power to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The framework has chosen 13 areas in Norway as suitable places to build hundreds of wind turbines. The areas in the proposal include protected natural . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Parking fines for wind turbine protesters on Frøya

The police fined the wind power protesters who have parked illegally on Frøya to prevent construction work. The protesters had parked along the county road 716, NRK reports. This is an 80 kmh zone and parking is not allowed along the road. The fines handed out were 900 NOK, and the protesters are there to prevent the construction work from starting. Monday marked Trønderenergi Vind beginning of the wind power development on Frøya. This led the protest group ‘No to . . . Complete story »

April 2, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway identifies 13 preferred areas for new wind power projects

Norwegian energy regulator NVE has identified 13 areas it considers to be the most suitable for developing new onshore wind farms, mostly in the country’s south, it said on Monday. Wind power investments are booming in Norway as development costs fall, with some 1.8 gigawatt (GW) of capacity under construction to add to its existing operating farms of 1.7 GW. The 13 areas contain 16,705 square kilometers (6,449.84 square miles) of recommended land and were chosen from a total of . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2019 • Finland, Norway, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

‘Naive wind industry could destroy our way of life’

Clean power, green jobs, no emissions – the wind industry is used to being one of the good guys. But to Åsa Larsson-Blind, president of the Sami Council, it’s just the latest – and potentially most deadly – industrial threat to a fragile, ancient culture focused around reindeer herding up towards the Arctic Circle. “The wind industry often says it wants to have a dialogue,” Larsson-Blind told Recharge. “But I believe it thinks it is easier to accommodate than it . . . Complete story »

December 21, 2018 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway to build wind farm despite concerns of reindeer herders

Norway said on Friday it would build a wind park in an area used for reindeer grazing despite U.N. calls to suspend the project to study the impact on the indigenous herders’ livelihoods. The Petroleum and Energy Ministry said it would proceed with the 288 megawatt (MW) Storheia wind park, which is part of Europe’s largest onshore wind power project being developed by the Fosen Vind consortium. The group, owned by TroenderEnergi, Statkraft and the Nordic Wind Power consortium, is . . . Complete story »

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