Permit ruled illegal for online Poggi Alti wind plant

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Just a week after the first wind plant in the Italian region of Tuscany was officially inaugurated, a court has ruled the approvals process granting it building permission was flawed. The 20 MW Poggi Alti plant, now in full operation, is owned by Spain's Endesa and was permitted by Tuscany's regional government. But in a case brought against the project by environmental association Italia Nostra and local wine maker Jacopo Biondi Santi, Tuscany's administrative court ruled the construction permit was illegal, the main fault being that the regional government should have required a full-scale environmental assessment before giving the plant the go-ahead. Endesa is appealing the court's order that the permit be revoked to the Consiglio di Stato, Italy's highest administrative court. Endesa, which has installed 152 MW of wind capacity in Italy so far and has another 196 MW under construction, is aiming to have 400 MW of wind plant running in the country by the end of 2009.

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