The future of wind power in northern Sweden has been dealt a potential blow with environmental lobbyists delaying Borevind's projected 10 MW plant in Krokom. Borevind had planned investing SEK 271 million in the installation of 12 turbines with an annual electricity production of some 83 GWh, but the already drawn out permitting process has again been put back after objections were raised in March by the environmental court. Borevind's Mats Swensson says he is surprised and disappointed with the setback because original plans had been approved at both local and regional council level. If the project does not get off the ground he adds, it will set a dangerous precedent for other Swedish projects and threaten government's aims to increase wind powered electricity to 10 TWh by 2010. Two of the four-person environmental court have raised objections and there will now be another hearing. "This has wide ranging implications because it is one of the first two or three wind farm plans to be put before the environmental court, who then advise the government. The site was in an optimal location, chosen specifically because of its close proximity to a hydro power station. We are concerned that problems facing producers and manufacturers of turbines are already having an effect in Sweden with rumours that they are running out of patience with the amount of time everything takes here. ABB has announced plans to move to Germany already, and if the government does not overturn this interim ruling it will hit the industry not just in northern Sweden but the whole country," says Swensson.
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