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Cross-border station nixed

The people of the parish of Vesby in North Friesland have voted against plans for a huge German/Danish cross-border wind station in a referendum orchestrated by the Bundesverband Landschaftschutz in Emmersbüll-Horsbüll (BVL), the federal landscape protection association. The parish council had indicated its support of the project. Three other parishes, Jardelung, Böxlund in Germany and Tinglev in Denmark, were to vote on the matter on August 3. The proposal for a wind farm of up to 90 MW is envisaged by a consortium of several companies including the Verwaltungs Windpark Jardelung and Grenzland Windpark of Niebüll. Dieter Schönfelder of the BVL says the main reason for opposing the DEM 170 million project is landscape aesthetics. The BVL is a small organisation focused on hindering wind energy development. The project has been discussed in political circles since 1994 and has the support of both Schleswig-Holstein Energy Minister Claus Möller and the Danish energy minister, Svend Auken. Apart from the issue of local support, other unsolved issues include who will pay for the power from the turbines on both sides of the border and connection to the high voltage grid.

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