Wind power set to blow less fiercely

The Norwegian government is proposing what it calls an “historic tightening” of regulations around wind power projects on land. The goal is to reduce conflict levels over the huge turbines that tower over the landscape and pose a threat to birds and other wildlife. After weeks of wind power protests that turned ugly, Oil & […]

New wind power protests turn ugly

UPDATED: Another rash of angry demonstrations against wind energy projects has spread over Norway recently. Some protesters targeted Norway’s Oil & Energy Minister Tina Bru over the weekend, calling her nasty names and leaving her feeling physically threatened. “For the first time, I felt a real sense of discomfort,” Bru wrote on social media after the […]

Plans approved for huge wind energy project

Norway’s Oil & Energy Ministry approved development plans on Wednesday for Equinor’s wind power project Hywind Tampen in the North Sea. It’s billed as the largest such project in the world, with construction due to start in 2022. Oil & Energy Minister Tina Bru claimed it was “an historic day” and that the Hywind Tampen […]

Government drops state windmill plan

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s conservative coalition is scrapping a new national wind energy plan that identified specific areas as best-suited for windmills. It proved to be highly controversial, prompting Solberg to back down after massive criticism that huge wind turbines can ruin scenic wilderness and that local objections could be overruled. “This was supposed to be […]

Offshore wind stirs up a new industry

As school students all over the world were roaring about climate change again on Friday, Norway’s state oil company Equinor could announce contracts for huge new offshore wind projects. They can help move Equinor away from oil, spawn a whole new, much greener industry rooted in Norwegian offshore expertise, and quell critics who already were […]

Frøya leaders give up windmill fight

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 […]

Conflicts blow over windmill projects

The Norwegian government went to the dramatic extent on Monday of halting, at least temporarily, construction of a highly contested wind energy project on the island of Frøya. It’s just one of many where windmill opponents have resorted to public demonstrations, civil disobedience and even vandalism in their efforts to block construction of the huge […]

Google deal can blow life into more wind park plans

Plans for a new wind park on Norway’s west coast got a surge of energy last week when financing came through after Google agreed to buy all the power generated by the park. More such deals can unleash more parks, which in turn create jobs, hope local and state government officials. “Google has an enormous need for […]

Profits predictably plunged at Statoil

Norway’s largest company Statoil, battered by the fall in oil and gas prices, saw profits plummet once again during the first three months of this year. They were down by more than two-thirds, but not much worse than analysts had expected and the company is making more moves to diversify into renewable energy. Statoil reported […]

Windmills to rise in Trøndelag

Norway’s oil and energy minister claimed he was moving forward with one of the largest wind energy projects in the world when he approved eight new plants in the Fosen and Snillfjord areas around the Trondheimsfjord on Monday. Ola Borten Moe called the project “historic” for Norwegian wind power production. It calls for 450 windmills […]