Rejection of countryside wind plan

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The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) has cited aesthetic objections and fears of noise pollution in rejecting an application by Rodoy-Luroy Kraftverk to build three wind turbines at Trana on the Nordland coast, the national newspaper Aftenposten reports. Kraftverk director Arne Lorentsen told the newspaper: "I can understand the uncertainty felt by [potential] neighbours of wind turbines. But for those of us living in the countryside it's a question of exploiting what natural resources we have. This is a unique area for wind power. I think it is a paradox that urban aesthetic considerations and noise standards are applied to a project like this." Lorentsen said the 70 metre high turbines, which reportedly would have stood less than 250 metres from the nearest house, would have supplied the annual power needs of 200 homes. Approval of a larger scheme involving a wind plant at Bremanger has also been held up pending resolution of local environmental concerns, including in this case potential effects on tourism and "cultural heritage," raised by NVE. Five 250 kW turbines at Haroy on the island of Sandoy, More og Romsdal, have been approved on condition that they are sited further from residential areas. The supplier is NEG Micon of Denmark. Sandoy Energi AS is hoping that private financing for the NOK 29 million scheme would be finalised "during the summer." The company has also applied for government subsidies, including tax rebates.

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