Hydropower

Norway Windfarm Over-rides Objectors

Norway’s largest producer of hydroelectric power, Statkraft SF, has received approval to build a windfarm of 50 turbines on the west coast island of Hitra.

HOVIK, Norway, NO, 2001-09-19 [SolarAccess.com] The state-owned utility was given the green light by the country’s Environment Ministry, despite objections from some residents in the area. The ministry said it advocated the development of renewable energy sources and would only object if they led to a direct loss of biological diversity or destroyed cultural heritages. Norway is the world’s highest per capita consumer of electricity. With 99 percent of its power generated by hydro facilities, it has been a net importer of electricity since 1996, mostly from Sweden and Denmark, but now it is taking steps to diversify its generation mix. Statkraft is the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the Nordic area. It owns 91 power plants and 113 reservoirs, and its 1,200 employees make it one of Norway’s largest employers.