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Nature group fights against wind again

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Environment protection agency Naturvårdsverket is appealing a decision by the Harjedälen provincial government granting a licence for the installation of six wind turbines in the fells. The aim of the project, supported under the European Union's Thermie energy programme, is to develop commercial wind turbines suitable for the harsh and cold mountain areas of semi-Arctic regions. Two groups of three 500-600 kW turbines from Vestas and Bonus would be installed on two low hills in the fell region by the developer, Agrivind. Naturvårdsverket's objection to the project is particularly galling because the site was carefully selected to avoid conflicts with other interests. All involved parties, the local community, the provincial government and the Lapp reindeer herders in the area, supported the project. Commercial forestry is already a business in the region. Naturvårdsverket claims the turbines, though out of sight of the nearby village, would visually impair the landscape. "We don't mind wind power in the fells, but the sites have to be chosen very carefully," says Gunnar Zettersten from Naturvårdsverket. Lennart Olsson from the community council is disappointed. He argues that there should be space enough for some turbines in the community which covers an area of 13,000 square kilometres.

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