Göteborg Energi installs plant off Halland coast despite opposition

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Göteborg Energi in Sweden will go ahead and install a large scale offshore wind plant off the Halland coast, despite opposition from local environment groups and the state planning commission, Boverket. The company wants to install 60 turbines about 20 kilometres off Varberg. Complaints by bird and fish protection agencies threaten to drag out the approval process. If the plans are passed by the environmental court, however, they will then be processed at government level. "We are still hopeful of a favourable decision," says the utility's Mats Carlson. Total generating capacity is planned at 300 MW, but turbine size is undecided.

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