Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s conservative coalition is discarding a new national wind energy scheme that identified specific regions as best-suited for windmills. It proved to be extremely controversial, prompting Solberg to back down after being highly criticized about the huge wind turbines that can ruin scenic wilderness and the local objections could be overruled.
Windmills like these have set off major protests, moreover along the coast of Trøndelag. Plans for a national framework for wind energy plans have now been canceled.
“This was supposed to be a step that would reduce conflicts,” Solberg told state broadcaster NRK, in reference to the “national framework” for land-based wind energy initiated by the state energy directorate (NVE) last spring. “It hasn’t been, given the response we’ve got.”
The national wind energy scheme has been out for a public hearing phase that ended on October 1. Solberg has now given in to all the negative reaction from 56 municipalities that would have been most impacted by windmill projects. NRK reported that fully 49 turned down the prospect of large wind turbines in their region, while three were unsure.
“We will, therefore, keep aside the proposal, and say that we will not be having any national framework for wind energy,” Solberg told NRK.
The plan presented both an updated status of the impacts of wind energy and a map that shows 13 regions around Norway regarded as the most appropriate for windmill projects. The maps especially set off a lot of controversy from those living in the affected areas, which included nearly all counties except Oslo, Akershus, Oppland, and Troms.
Coastal areas accustomed to strong winds coming in from the sea were seen especially well-suited for wind turbines. Protests have been the most in Trøndelag, where wind energy projects already have set off demonstrations and civilian’s lack of cooperation.