High court backs wind farm decision

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Italy's Consiglio di Stato, the country's highest administrative court, has reversed a previous court sentence that had annulled authorisation for a 20 MW wind farm in Martignano in the southern Italian region of Apulia. The decision should clear the way for Italian wind developer Maestrale Green Energy to shortly resume construction on the wind farm. The project was authorised in 2006 and construction began in January 2007, but ceased for good in May 2007 as the construction site was seized in a penal proceeding. Carlo Durante of Maestrale Green Energy says the penal magistracy that had sequestered the site could not ignore the fact that the project had been authorised. The Martignano plant had been opposed by a small group of citizens, although more than 90% voted in favour of a referendum to construct the wind farm.

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