Industry says new decree for bird protection an unnecessary barrier

Italy's renewable energy association, Associazione Produttori Energia da Fonti Rinnovabili (APER), has come out against a new measure on the protection of wild birds that would suspend the construction of wind power plants in so-called specially protected zones. An August 16 decree prohibits the construction of wind turbines until specific bird protection management plans are laid out. APER president Roberto Longo has told the Italian environment ministry that the proposed measure increases uncertainty in the renewable energy sector, noting that details of how these plans would be enacted are unclear. APER says the law will economically penalise wind developers already paying for costly environmental impact assessments in those regions that allow construction. APER asks Italy's government to do away with the measure and instead rely on already existing rules individual regions have already established for wind plant construction in specially protected zones.

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