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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.

June 19, 2020 • Denmark, Europe, Germany, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

As wind power grows in Europe, so does resistance from locals

Sweden—the country that brought the world 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg—is aiming to zero out greenhouse gases by 2045. To reach that goal, it’s ramping up wind energy. The country expects to install 1.8 gigawatts of capacity of wind power this year alone, enough to charge more than 16,000 Nissan LEAF electric cars. At Ripfjallet, in the forests near Malung in western Sweden, German wind developer WPD AG has plans to build as many as 30 wind turbines that would . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2020 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

The $8 billion wind farm the virus couldn’t stop

Deep in one of Sweden’s many fir forests, a 150-meter crane juts out between the tree tops. Built especially for the job, one by one it hoists three 68-meter blades to complete a wind turbine as tall as the London Eye. The yellow crane is then slowly dismantled, moved piece by piece, and rebuilt to repeat the maneuver. It’s painstaking work for an industry in a hurry. The $8 billion Markbygden site, set to be Europe’s largest onshore wind farm, . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2020 • Press releases, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine noise affects dream sleep and perceived sleep restoration

Wind turbine noise (WTN) influences people’s perception of the restorative effects of sleep, and also has a small but significant effect on dream sleep, otherwise known as REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, a study at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows. A night of WTN resulted in delayed and shortened REM sleep. Knowledge of how sleep is affected by WTN has been limited to date. Research involving physiological study of its impact using polysomnography, the top-ranking method of sleep recording, . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2019 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Active Works begär Nordex i konkurs

[Contractor sues Nordex in bankruptcy – Nordex is suspected to be in default because they have not paid Active Works claims of 103 million kronar for several months. (translate article to English)] Entreprenören Active Works AB har begärt huvudentreprenören vid vindkraftbygget i Viksjö, Nordex, i konkurs under fredagen. – Ryktet att vi är insolventa är taget ur luften, säger Timothy Carpenter vd Nordex. Vindkraftbygget på Hästkullen i Viksjö har stått stilla i flera månader. Först stoppades det på grund av miljöbrott och . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2019 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Här dumpades schaktmassor från vindkraftbygget i Viksjö

[A thousand truckloads of excavation waste were unlawfully dumped in the forest in connection with the construction of the future wind farm in Viksjö, northwest of Härnösand. The company has previously been reported to the police and is now at risk of new police reports. (translate article to English)] SVT:s reporter Peter Nässén i området där vindkraftbolaget ertappats med att ha tippat stora mängder massor utan tillstånd. Tusen lastbilslass med schaktmassor dumpades otillåtet i skogen i samband med bygget av den . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2019 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Vattenfall and Wallenstam cancel major offshore wind park plan in Sweden

Swedish utility Vattenfall and its partner Wallenstam have called off efforts to develop a joint offshore wind project in Sweden, Vattenfall said on Monday, after the country’s military rejected a revised plan for the development. The partners, through a joint company called Taggen Vindpark, already had a permit since 2012 to build a 300 megawatt (MW) park off the southern coast of Sweden, able to power just over 200,000 households. They sought, however, to change details of the permit in . . . Complete story »

April 4, 2019 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Sweden to double wind energy production in next four years

Wind energy is set to double its share of Sweden’s power supply over the next four years as a string of giant projects come online. The contribution of wind energy is scheduled to grow from 17TWh in 2018 to 35 TWh in 2022, taking wind’s share from 12 percent to 25 percent of total power produced. Charlotte Unger, chief executive of the Swedish Wind Energy Association trade body said the pro-renewable policy decisions had been driving growth. “Sweden has the . . . 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 »

January 9, 2019 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Conflicting views on wind farm testing in northern Sweden

According to the power company Skellefteå Kraft, the wind farm will strengthen Arjeplog’s reputation as a cold-climate test area. According to the local property owners, the field will bring an uglier scenery and disturbing light conditions and noise to the area. The result will be increased disturbance to reindeer herding, says the reindeer herders’ Maskaure Sámi Village. Skellefteå Kraft AB has applied for changes in the licence the company has for its wind farm on Uljabuouda Fell. At present, the . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2018 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Grid operator warns wind will not fill Sweden’s nuclear gap in winter

Sweden will have to import more electricity during winter as the country, a net power exporter to the rest of Europe, shifts from nuclear to wind, its grid operator said. Last winter, the first since the closure of its Oskarshamn 1 reactor, stretched Sweden’s resources as peak consumption rose by 800 megawatt (MW), triggering start-up procedures in its reserve energy plants. Sweden’s power balance will deteriorate further from next winter, the country will need imports and the situation will become . . . Complete story »

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