Frøya leaders give up windmill fight

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Local leaders on the windswept island of Frøya in northwestern Norway have dropped their battle against construction of large windmills aimed at providing a source of renewable power. They felt they had to concede defeat after the national government gave the nod to a final approval.

The Frøya politicians had initially been positive to development of the so-called “wind park,” and it had received a license from the state Oil & Energy Ministry.  Massive and lengthy public protests by residents who didn’t want the towering windmills to scar the landscape made the local leaders change their minds, however.

That infuriated developers Trønder Energi and German firm Stadtwerke München. The local utility complained loudly that the project is already 10 weeks delayed with costs rising.

Some opponents on Frøya were still muttering about filing yet another complaint with the civil ombudsman, but admitted their odds at finally halting the project were poor. Now they’re turning their sights to launching a national organization to oppose more onshore windmill developments in Norway.

newsinenglish.no staff