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The New Year brought bad news for Dutch utility NUON and green investment bank Triodos after an environmental planning permit for a 12 wind turbine development at Mienskarleane in Tzummmarum, Friesland, was suspended by the Raad van State, the Dutch government's highest legal advisory body. The Raad van State's last minute decision means that the developers will miss out on a 30% government investment subsidy, which was conditional on work beginning in 1997. The environmental permit was suspended on the grounds that the sound levels of the 12 NedWind 46/500 machines, at 50 dB(A), will exceed those permitted. According to NUON's Henk Kouwenhoven, the company is presently in negotiations with the local council in Franekeradeel in an attempt to find a solution to the planning problems. Despite the setback, Kouwenhoven is confident that the project will eventually be given the go ahead.

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