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‘From heroes to nature-damaging crooks’: what went wrong for Norwegian wind?

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Norway’s stalled onshore wind sector has gone from being seen as a inexperienced hero to “nature-damaging crooks” within the house of a decade, the pinnacle of the nation’s business affiliation has warned as she joined different business leaders in alerting that social acceptability stays a key barrier to progress.

Despite having a number of the greatest onshore wind assets in Europe, Åslaug Marie Haga, CEO of wind physique Norwea, admitted the Norwegian business was having to ask itself “what went wrong” because it faces a freeze in new permits forward of recent laws and rules following a backlash in opposition to developments.

“When it comes to onshore wind in Norway it has become extremely controversial… to the extent that there are now no new permits being given out.” Haga informed a panel at WindEurope’s Electric City convention in Copenhagen.