Rein-ed In: Norway’s Reindeer Herders’ Revolt Against Big Wind Industry Rollout

Rural communities are sick and tired of becoming roadkill for the wind industry, and that includes the nomadic Sami – who graze and herd reindeer across northern Europe’s frozen tundra, ranging across the north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula.

The inevitable backlash against wind power started in Germany and it’s spreading, fast. The fact that chaotically intermittent wind power can’t be delivered as and when power consumers need it means the wanton destruction of pristine wilderness, bucolic landscapes, rural communities, and millions of birds and bats (including plenty of species on the brink of extinction) is pretty hard to justify.

German environmentalists are mounting a well-oiled revolt against the destruction of forests – the natural habitat of apex predators, like the endangered Red Kite. Environmentalists are also furious at the fact that Kites, Eagles and dozens of threatened bat species are being sliced and diced with impunity across Europe. Rural residents, driven mad in their homes or driven out of them by practically incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound have taken their cases to law seeking injunctions and damages.

The result being is that new wind farm construction in Germany has ground to a halt.

Further North, the Sami are just as eager to prevent their homeland from being overrun by the industrial onslaught that is the wind industry.

Thanks to their tenacity and resilience, Norway’s Sami have won a brilliant victory, seeing off developers and protecting their ancestral homes and reindeer rangelands from inevitable and permanent destruction. Here’s the lament from one of the wind industry’s leading propaganda outlets, Recharge News.

Norway scraps national wind power plan after protests
Recharge News
Andrew Lee
17 October 2019

Norway has scrapped plans for a national wind power development framework citing the strength of protests against the proposal, prompting the country’s wind association to call for a strong signal of support for the sector.

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) had suggested the country’s future onshore wind activity should focus on 13 areas designated particularly suitable for development.

But the government said a consultation on the plan prompted 5,000 responses “most of which were critical from private individuals who do not want wind power in their municipality”.

Energy and petroleum minister Kjell Børge Freiberg said: “Several of the major developments we are now seeing have created great commitment and conflicts. First locally, later regionally, and nationally.”

The government will abandon plans for the framework, and instead look at tightening licensing and environmental procedures for future wind projects, along with rules on construction deadlines.

Daniel Willoch, policy advisor at Norwegian wind energy association Norwea, told Recharge the government needs to complete its revision of the licensing system fast.

At the end of 2021 Norway will leave the green certificate scheme it jointly operates with Sweden, leaving wind development to compete on price alone in a power system that is already well-served with renewable power from the country’s vast hydro-fleet.

While not overly troubled by the dropping of plans to use mapped wind development areas, Norwea wants the government “to send out a clear signal that wind power is still welcome in Norway”, Willoch said. “The government also needs to send out a signal that wind is a national project.”

Norway’s excellent wind resources have made it a favourite option for large-scale wind developments, but the scale of projects planned has created controversy.

Recharge reported earlier this year how Norway was the subject of a complaint to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination over its approval of part of the 1GW Fosen wind complex.

Indigenous Sami reindeer herders claim wind development impacts crucial grazing grounds for their animals, disrupting a centuries-old element of their culture.
Recharge News

Norway’s Sami: always ready to take an issue by the horns.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Marshall Rosenthal says:

    I speak a few words in Norwegian: Ya spicer eina fiska-bala
    This has nothing to do with reindeer who are being destroyed by the wind turbines in your land, Norway!

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  3. Jacqueline Rovensky says:

    Around the world people are rebelling. They are working together to stop this wholesale destruction of environments and lives/livelihood. It’s not just one community demanding their rights, its multiple communities.
    Here in Australia we may be divided into States with rural communities spread thinly but we have a voice and we are beginning to shout in unison.
    We need to work more at this unison and all who are troubled by what is happening should be willing to stand up for those in other States, working together to get our message across LOUD AND CLEAR, that we are one Nation and what happens in one State/Territory affects our Nation.
    The Eastern Grid is not the only place these monsters are burrowing into our very existence and the future of our beautiful lands, it happening across the whole Nation, North, South, East and West we need to speak out at every opportunity.
    When a project is proposed, when it is sent to the EPBC for assessment we need to be willing to write submissions condemning these projects. We need to highlight the dangers, the possible future devastation as colonies of creatures are decimated and/or forced to move to unsuitable areas for their needs. We need to write to Members of Parliaments and Authorities expressing our dismay and disgust at the wholesale destruction of ours and our fellow citizens lives and livelihoods.
    We are one Nation so lets start to show we can work as one and send a message to every Politician in the land saying they made a mistake in allowing ratification of a very poorly prepared International demand for ways to change the Climate.
    We need to let them know we love this land and we want them to accept destroying it the way they are going about things is not acceptable. If they want to clean the air we breath then do it in a way that does not destroy it instead.
    Turbines and solar panels are dangerous to the whole environment we share with the rest of the world. The roll out of them should be stopped and other ways found to deal with our energy needs before it’s too late – before we actually create a climate and environmental catastrophe – one which cannot be rectified.

  4. Peter Pronczak says:

    In the current annual report of an AU national crane hire company they show the growth in turbine hub height; year 2000 approx 60M, 2010 approx 80M, 2014 approx 95M, 2018 approx 115M with a tip height of 180M. As they get higher they need bigger cranes and working area. But you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs: More of the same for electric powered helicopters.
    The report includes $AU415 million worth of contracts over the next 3 years.
    It also has some other interesting info; Coopers Gap Wind Farm, AU’s largest of 453MW capacity (56 turbines) to be finished this year with predicted apparent annual production 1,510,000MWh – they might even know from which direction the wind will blow. It’s 250Km north-west of Brisbane. There’s health, safety, environment and quality info; for its workers. There’s pictures showing how much bush area has to be leveled to facilitate construction.
    At least their values list respect…for all stakeholders(?).
    Oddly I’ve not seen elsewhere any mention of such an environmentally sustainable and beneficial project (tongue firmly in cheek).

    The other week a Bundaberg, QLD house fire was attributed to solar panels but the fire was on the lower side of the timber house about where the electrical box would be.

    Most of the fires across AU aren’t being reported in total for each State. To find them would take a bit of work. I think last week there were 85 burning in NSW with 1 attributed to a lightning strike.
    One wonders if the total number and causes are subject to the current government information blackout the media are complaining about?

    Recently a returning visitor wrote a letter to the local paper saying how appalled he was with the obvious blight of turbines in the UK.
    Wind is certainly a national project in Canberra’s parliament, like most apparently.

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