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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

January 20, 2018 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Wild reindeer foil wind farm plan in southern Norway

Norway rejected construction of a wind farm on Friday over concerns it could harm wild reindeer in southern mountains that are home to the last remaining viable populations in Europe. The 120 megawatt(MW) project in Bygland municipality aimed to boost business in the sparsely-populated region, but it would be within a designated reindeer-rich national reserve, according to the energy ministry. Norway has almost 35,000 reindeer in its southern mountains, the last redoubt of sustainable populations of the animals in Europe, . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2018 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway’s Sami communities battle to maintain traditions

This winter, Sami reindeer herder Risten Aleksandersen and her family are facing a major threat to their age-old way of life. The Aleksandersens have raised, herded and slaughtered reindeer as a central part of their indigenous culture for generations. But now a huge wind farm and property developments are encroaching on the land their reindeer use for grazing on the island of Kvaloya in Norway’s far north. “They are using explosives to carve out a road, and we’ve had to . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2016 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway rejects E.ON’s application to build onshore wind farm

Norway’s energy ministry has overturned a decision to allow Germany’s E.ON to build an 80-megawatt wind power park, the government said in a statement, adding that environmental concerns had triggered the decision. The country’s regulator NVE granted permission to build the wind power park in southern Norway in 2014, but it was appealed by the local Birkenes community. The request to build wind turbines was rejected on grounds of their potential impact on landscape and birds, the ministry added. (Reporting . . . Complete story »

June 13, 2016 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway grants permission to build 135 MW wind power plant

Norway’s oil and energy ministry has granted permission for Oslo-based Fred.Olsen Renewables to build a 135-megawatt onshore wind power plant, the ministry said on Monday. Fred.Olsen Renewables is operating and developing wind power plants in Britain, Sweden and Norway, with a total installed capacity of about 500 MW. The newly approved plant in Norway’s southeastern region of Rogaland would be able to produce 400 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year, enough to supply 20,000 homes. Norway and Sweden aim to boost their . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2016 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Saami reindeer herders fight wind farm project

Europe’s largest onshore wind farm is being built in central Norway. But the project, which will more than double Norway’s wind capacity, lies in the middle of an important reindeer grazing area, leaving Saami herders worried about the impact it might have on their livelihood and traditions In early April, construction crews began building Europe’s largest onshore wind farm in central Norway. Once it is completed, it will have a capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW) – more than the current . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2016 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway planning to end renewable subsidy scheme by 2021

Norway is planning to end its green energy subsidy scheme by 2021 and aims to increase competition in building power lines to other countries, the government said on Friday. Norway launched a common renewable energy support scheme with Sweden in 2012, so called “el-certificates”, aiming to increase electricity output from such sources as wind, hydropower and biomass by 28.4 terawatt-hours (TWh) per year by 2020. The increase in subsidised renewable energy in the Nordic countries, however, pushed electricity prices to . . . Complete story »

March 2, 2016 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Dodging wind farms and bullets in the arctic

Keskitalo said the proposed Kalvvatnan wind farm and associated power lines in Nordland County will severely impact the summer grazing lands of a core group of reindeer herders who still speak South Sami, one of five Uralic languages traditionally spoken by the Sami that are listed by UNESCO as endangered. The wind farm is still under judicial review. A final decision is expected later this year. The Norwegian government says it’s sensitive to Sami concerns, but warns that to meet its ambitious targets for renewable energy, more hydroelectric and wind power projects will be built. Complete story »

February 23, 2016 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Reaction mixed to big windmill plan

Both praise and objections were blowing around Norwegian plans announced on Tuesday to go ahead with what’s billed as the largest land-based windmill project in Europe. State-owned energy firm Statkraft, local utility TrønderEnergi and an investor consortium called Nordic Wind Power plan to build the windmills on the Fosen peninsula, at Hitra and in Snillfjord. It’s a coastal area in the central portion of Norway known as Trøndelag that’s been determined to have some of the best wind conditions for . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2016 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Green light for huge wind project

Europe’s largest onshore wind power project will be built in Norway, the companies involved in the six wind farms’ development announced Tuesday. Renewable energy company Statkraft – which is owned by the Norwegian state – announced that it would collaborate with TrønderEnergi and Nordic Wind Power DA to build six sites with a capacity to generate 1,000 megawatts (MW). Approximately 1.1 billion euros ($1.21 billion) will be invested in the project, with construction beginning in the second quarter of the . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2016 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Sami reindeer herders battle conservationists and miners to cling on to Arctic culture

Ironically, Keskitalo adds, it is Norway’s response to climate change that may threaten the Sami more than the phenomenon itself. “The government is planning a huge wind park in the heart of our reindeer territory. It is too much. We endure holiday communities, power lines, road construction and mines, and now we face wind energy as well. Complete story »

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