Legal defeat for wind developers in Sardinia

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In a defeat for wind developers looking to grow in Sardinia, Italy's Constitutional Court on January 10 rejected an appeal lodged by the national government against a 2004 law on the protection of the island's coastlands. The law, approved by Sardinia's regional government in November 2004, instituted a moratorium on new wind power projects anywhere on the island. Italy's national government, however, is seeking to meet its renewable energy commitments. It had counted on seeing Sardinia's wind energy capacity rise to as much as 2000 MW in coming years. Despite the moratorium, wind energy projects that were already at an advanced enough stage went ahead on the island last year, contributing to the nearly 500 MW in new capacity that was installed in Italy in 2005. The motivations for the court's ruling were to be released within a month.

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