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The construction of wind farms in Norway is booming. And German investors are behind many projects. Sami interests are ignored.
Objectors’ concerns have centred on the impact of the project on local habitats and wildlife and on the size of Cleve Hill’s battery installation. There are fears that a fire could lead to "thermal runaway", causing a plume of toxic hydrogen fluoride gas to drift over the local urban areas in Faversham and Whitsable.
A government proposal on Friday to slow down the development of onshore wind power comes after increasing local resistance mirrors sentiment in other European countries. Norway already decided to scrap a plan for a new permission framework last year.
On Thursday, Viken county will discuss a citizens’ initiative with the demand that the county should use its ownership power to prevent the wind power plant being built on the island. -I know that they can influence what happens on Haramsøy, says Kari Thue, who is prepared to sit there for a long time, writes NRK.
It is heartbreaking to read, in our P&J on Friday May 1, that the insatiable wind industry is intent on carpeting the finest landscapes, and seascapes, in western Europe with ever more demonstrably useless and hugely damaging industrial wind factories, a simply devastating 74 applications in total.
Almost two-thirds of the major wind farms currently proposed for Scotland are in the north of the country, new figures have revealed. And campaigners have alleged many of these developments will not even benefit the locals who will be affected by them most.
The renewables industry is demanding Chancellor Angela Merkel ends an impasse over a damaging planned distance rule for onshore wind and a cap on support for solar power. Both issues were supposed to be tacked at a meeting today with the premiers of Germany’s 16 states, but energy issues were adjourned due to pressing discussions on the Coronavirus.
Clwyd West AM Darren Millar , who opposed the original development, said: "These revised plans will add insult to injury to those who opposed this controversial planning application. "Many of my constituents are concerned about the cumulative visual impact of onshore wind farms in this beautiful part of North Wales and making them even larger and more prominent will do nothing to address their concerns. "I will be pressing the local authority to reject these proposals."
The Kellehers claimed they started experiencing health problems in and around their family farm from May 2016 and had to move out of their home in November 2016. ...They claimed their symptoms eased after they moved away but returned if they spent any time attending at or assisting on the family farm. The defendants denied the claims, denied any breach of constitutional rights and said the wind farm was operated in a lawful manner.
Planners still have concerns about a proposed wind farm in Moray despite developers reducing the size and number of turbines. ...Now the developers have put forward scaled-back proposals – described as a “fall back option” – for the site to north of Archiestown, and west of Rothes. The revised plans reduce the number of turbines by six, with 15 at 490ft and a further eight reaching 570ft.
“The damage done to the earth by wind parks is irreversible,” announced Waltraud Plarre, an unofficial group leader of this citizens’ initiative, named “Save Brandenburg” after the state in which Schwielowsee lies. Later, Ms. Plarre pointed out that Germany exports most wind power produced, even as energy prices for the consumer have skyrocketed. “It’s insanity.”
The meeting in Mountmellick heard concerns about the height of the turbines, the noise they make and the flicker effect on nearby dwellings. Health and safety of the people in the surrounding areas was also high on the agenda. A number of people said the company did not consult widely and that a booklet distributed to some residents contained information “not conveying the true state of serious side effects from such monstrosities”.
“Evidence to date has clearly shown that the measures proposed will simply not protect families from the negative health impacts of industrial-scale wind turbines. They will condemn families to unnecessary lifelong misery, resulting in a massive waste of people’s time, energy, community money and a clogging of the courts. Communities will not stop fighting this injustice; these guidelines are unacceptable."
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has proposed a new answer to people complaining about wind farms in Germany: offering money to those willing to live near them. "Those people who accept windmills in their neighborhood, and so make the expansion of renewable energy possible, should be rewarded," SPD environment spokesman Matthias Miersch told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper.
He and his neighbors demanded the operators shut down their turbines from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. He also joined a 500-strong protest group that stopped the wind farm from being replaced by taller, more modern turbines. Still, the 69-year-old feels the wind farm is keeping him from enjoying his retirement in peace. Depending on where the sun is positioned, the shade of one of the rotating turbines falls on his house. He says it is very unsettling.
Xavier Bertrand, the head of the northern France regional council, which has more wind farms than anywhere else in the country, said this week that he wanted a moratorium amid claims that they were ugly and bad for the health of people living near them. “There are too many of them already,” he said. “Developers claim they cause no problems, but which of them has a house at the foot of a wind turbine? None.”
Last year, one in ten Norwegians were quite or very negative about onshore wind development. This year, every fourth Norwegian answers the same (external link). In this new survey from UiB over 30 percent of Norwegians view wind power development on land as negative and this opposition appears to be increasing sharply.
The growth of onshore wind energy stays controversial, with many individuals fearing it may hurt both nature and wildlife. The plans of the federal government are additionally questioned with the argument that it’s not needed for Norway to develop wind energy in any respect, contemplating the nation’s surplus of climate-friendly hydropower.
Should the development be given the go-ahead residents would be left in a situation where they have windmills surrounding them on three sides in a horseshoe shape resulting in “intolerable noise.” As well as the noise, which is already an issue from the existing turbines when the wind blows from the east, there are also concerns in relation to infra sound and low frequency noise; the visual impact; shadow flicker and the devaluation to properties, in some cases making them unsellable.