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 […]

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 […]

Equinor’s windmills stir more debate

The Norwegian government’s decision to fund half if not all of a huge offshore wind power project for state oil company Equinor is stirring up both praise and criticism. Critics believe the highly profitable Equinor should pay for the pioneering project itself, while others are glad the state is supporting wind energy that won’t involve […]

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 […]