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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.

November 6, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway working on new plans to speed up wind projects after framework scheme fails: minister

Norway is working on a new licensing system to speed up the construction of onshore wind farms after a public backlash forced it to abandon a previous plan to develop the sector, Energy Minister Kjell-Boerge Freiberg said on Tuesday. Last month the government shelved a wind power framework proposed by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), casting uncertainty on applications for new wind farms amid an existing moratorium on licenses. The NVE stopped approving new wind power projects . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2019 • Norway, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Ønsker vi virkelig at samenes kultur og fremtid skal være til salgs?

[Do we really want the Sami culture and future to be for sale? (translate article to English)] Den samiske kulturen er under press fra det norske storsamfunnet på svært mange måter. I Trøndelag er reindrifta truet av en rekke arealinngrep, og utbygging av vindkraft i reinbeiteområder fremstår nå som et alvorlig problem. Likevel har Trønderenergi i høst tatt seg den frihet å tilby penger for å ta enda en bit av naturgrunnlaget fra den sørsamiske reindrifta. NVE ga i 2014 Trønderenergi . . . Complete story »

October 18, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway scraps national wind power plan after protests

Norway has scrapped plans for a national wind power development framework, citing the strength of protests against the proposal. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) had suggested the country’s future onshore wind activity should focus on 13 areas designated particularly suitable for development. But the government said a consultation on the plan prompted 5,000 responses “most of which were critical from private individuals who do not want wind power in their municipality”. Energy and petroleum minister Kjell Børge . . . Complete story »

October 17, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Government drops state windmill plan

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s conservative coalition is scrapping a new national wind energy plan that identified specific areas as best-suited for windmills. It proved to be highly controversial, prompting Solberg to back down after massive criticism that huge wind turbines can ruin scenic wilderness and that local objections could be overruled. “This was supposed to be a measure that would ease conflicts,” Solberg told state broadcaster NRK, referring to the “national framework” for land-based wind energy proposed by the state . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Tenner varder Norge rundt mot vindindustri

[Bonfires show Norwegian opposition to wind industry – Norwegians against wind power mobilized on Tuesday evening for signal fires from Finnmark to Agder. According to the organization Motvind Norway, 130 fires were to be lit.] – Folk har vært veldig frustrerte, irriterte og har sittet på sosiale medier og fyrt hverandre opp uten å få gjort noe. Vi ville få den motstanden synliggjort og la folk være med og bidra fysisk. Det å samle 130 varder i hele Norge skal symbolisere . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Slik aksjonerer vindkraft-motstandarar over heile landet

[On Tuesday, more than 130 signal fires were expected to mark opposition to local wind power developments. (translate article to English)] Tysdag blei meir enn 130 vardar tende for å markere motstand mot lokale vindkraftutbyggingar. – Det er mange stader det skal byggjast, og det håpar eg vi klarer å stanse, seier vindkraftmotstandar. Rundt om i Noreg er det mange vindkraftprosjekt som møter stor motstand i befolkninga. I kveld har dei organisert seg i alle fylke. NVE har peikt ut 13 . . . Complete story »

October 4, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

A green battery vision in Norway is under attack

An expansion of wind power in both Norway and Sweden could dampen any potential price increases from rising exports. Norway is planning to tap in on its very favorable wind conditions along its western coast. But after Statkraft AS and a Credit Suisse Group AG-backed fund said it would invest $1.2 billion in wind power in wind parks in the central Norway, development has largely stalled in large due to local protests. The regulator hasn’t approved any new applications since April and is waiting on a new framework. Complete story »

September 25, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway’s public backlash against onshore wind threatens sector growth

Oil-rich Norway has seen a boom in onshore wind power fueled by foreign investment, but future growth is at risk after a public backlash sparked a moratorium on new projects and prompted wider calls for a regulatory overhaul. Industry regulator the NVE called a halt to new wind power project approvals in April after a raft of protests to give the government time to work on a framework for new developments. Public consultations on the plan, which has defined the . . . Complete story »

September 8, 2019 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Vindkraftmotstanden øker på Vestlandet: – Lokaldemokratiet er blitt overkjørt

[Wind power is increasing in Western Norway: Local democracy has been overrun (translate article to English)] – I denne saken er lokaldemokratiet blitt overkjørt. De har ikke hørt på grunneiere, og de har ikke hørt på kommunestyret, sier Midtun. Vi står på toppen av Dalsbotnfjellet, med utsikt over Sognefjorden. Det kuperte terrenget er vilt og urørt. Enn så lenge er det stille på toppen. Men dersom planen om å gjøre Dalsbotnfjellet og Gulen kommune til hjem for 25 nye vindturbiner går . . . Complete story »

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 »

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