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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.

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 »

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 »

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