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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.


April 13, 2021 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Third crane accident hits project installing giant GE wind turbines to power Google

A third crane accident has hit a project to install GE Renewable Energy’s largest onshore turbine platform at a Swedish wind farm that will supply Google. No one was hurt in the latest incident at the 175MW Bjorkvattnet project almost 500km north of Stockholm, its developer told Recharge. The early April accident follows the collapse of a large crane amid severe weather in January that added to Covid-related delays at Bjorkvattnet, which is using GE’s 5.3MW Cypress turbines, and in . . . Complete story »


February 22, 2021 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Sweden’s fading enthusiasm for onshore wind farms

MALUNG, Sweden – Sweden faces a looming green electricity shortage, but its plan to scale up wind power has hit a problem: resistance from Swedes who don’t want giant turbines as neighbors. Sweden, like a number of other northern European countries, sees wind power as a relatively cheap and quick way to move away from the fossil-fuel-driven power generation which has exacerbated the global climate crisis. The Nordic country plans to scale up its wind power capacity to 100 terawatt-hours by . . . Complete story »


February 19, 2021 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Why even pristine Sweden struggles with green energy

As a world leader in renewable energy and a major exporter of low-carbon electricity, Sweden is among the green elite. Yet a cold snap provoked a political storm this winter when, in order to keep the lights on, the authorities started up a 52-year-old oil-fired power plant. A furious debate centered on the wisdom of decommissioning nuclear plants, and even the use of vacuum cleaners, exposing a divide over plans to rely more on wind power for everything from transport . . . Complete story »


February 12, 2021 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Sweden’s power problems are down to grid manager: analysts

Bottlenecks have meant that power generated from the country’s vast hydroelectric resources and an expansion of wind power in the north hasn’t been able to reach consumers in the south. Instead, they are increasingly dependent on imports of fossil-fuel generated electricity from Germany, Denmark and Poland. Complete story »


February 12, 2021 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Crane collapse delays wind farm using giant GE turbines to sell power to Google

A crane collapse and harsh weather conditions have delayed construction of a Swedish wind farm using GE Renewable Energy’s largest onshore turbine platform that will sell its power to Google. The collapse delayed installation work by a further three weeks at the 175MW Bjorkvattnet project almost 500km north of Stockholm, its developer confirmed. Nobody was hurt in the incident in mid-January, which added to delays already incurred through Covid disruption that pushed installation into the “difficult winter months”, said Flemming . . . Complete story »


February 10, 2021 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Reindeer: ancient migration routes disrupted by roads, dams – and now wind farms

Reindeer, or caribou as they’re known in North America, are impressive travellers. Herds made up of many thousands of animals can cover 5,000km each year in the far north of Europe, Siberia and Canada. This is one of the longest land migrations on Earth – but an ongoing transformation of the Arctic landscape threatens to break it up. Roads, railways, mines and dams have disrupted the well-worn trails that reindeer follow each year, particularly across northern Europe. In one study, . . . Complete story »


January 15, 2021 • General News, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine maker Vestas halts V150s after Sweden collapse probe

Vestas has temporarily taken around 150 of its V150 machines out of service “in an abundance of caution” after identifying a blade fault as the cause of a turbine collapse in Sweden late last year. A investigation into the V150 4.2MW collapse at the Aldermyrberget wind farm found a bonding failure on blade-root inserts due to a manufacturing issue at a single supplier, confirmed a spokesman for the Danish wind giant. Vestas has halted around 150 of the turbines that could . . . Complete story »


December 22, 2020 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Sami women, indigenous reindeer herders, are fighting for their ancestral lands

In northern Europe, where winter temperatures hover between -13 and -22 degrees Fahrenheit, reindeer roam an ancient pine forest that’s blanketed by snow. That might sound like a fantastical scene from a snow globe, but for the Sámi people, the Indigenous inhabitants of Arctic Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula in Russia, this is home. The expansive region, known as Sápmi, is their ancestral land—and herding reindeer there has been a form of survival for them since the prehistoric . . . Complete story »


November 30, 2020 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Arctic turbulence: why Indigenous communities are fighting wind farms

The Arctic is experiencing climate change at a faster pace than the rest of the world. Having already had to adapt, the Indigenous people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and north-western Russia – the Saami – now face a new threat to their existence as industrial wind farms are constructed on their ancestral lands to supply the western world’s growing demand for green energy. Speaking at a panel on Indigenous self-governance in 2018, Aili Keskitalo, the president of the Saami Parliament . . . Complete story »


November 24, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Vindkraftverk kollapsade: “Extremt ovanligt”

Ett 230 meter högt vindkraftverk kollapsade natten mot söndag i Jörn utanför Skellefteå. Företaget bakom kraftverket kommer utreda olyckan och Anders Riis, kommunikationschef på Vestas som byggt kraftverket, säger att man nu stoppar alla kraftverk i parken som en säkerhetsåtgärd. – Som en extraordinär säkerhetsåtgärd så pausar vi uppstarten av de andra 16 vindkraftverken också. Nu ska vi inspektera alla individuellt. När vi har en bra översikt över statusen på varje turbin så ska vi överväga om det är säkert . . . Complete story »


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