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Parliament agrees to fast track planning

The Norwegian Storting (parliament) has agreed in principle to a government proposal that compulsory purchase legislation be broadened to cover property required for wind power installations. Disagreements remain, however, as to how closely the new statute should mirror existing compensation provisions for hydropower development, and the bill has been sent back to the government for clarification. "It is natural to grant this kind of legal authority now that the exploitation of wind power is feasible," Justice Minister Odd Einar Dørum told the national newspaper Aftenposten. "Changing the law in this way is one of the necessary adjustments in working towards less polluting energy production."

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