Why are Latvians against wind turbines

The Swedish company Eolus decided to build three wind turbine parks in Kurzeme – Peivika wind, Minde wind and Alokste wind. For this purpose, an area of ​​u200bu200b74 square kilometers was chosen in the regions of Kuldiga and South Korzem – between Ispot and Pavilosta. In each of the parks, 20-30 wind farms of the latest generation are planned with a nominal capacity of about six megawatts.

It is wonderful, especially given the current geopolitical situation in our region, the huge rise in energy prices, and the upcoming rejection of Russian gas and electricity. But the problem is that locals don’t want to see windmills nearby. This became clear during the public discussion of the project.

Residents of the region object to the project, because they believe that due to the installation of wind turbines, the quality of mobile communications will deteriorate, which is very important in the current conditions, when many people work from home. Residents are also concerned that windmills can harm birds and human health, and this also depends on the fact that the value of their property will decrease due to the proximity of wind farms. Dissatisfied with the project offered to move it to the sea, far from human eyes, and also wrote a disgruntled letter to the local government.

The public debate will continue until April 11th.

In our opinion, entrepreneurs can meet the needs of the population, for example, by promising to supply their homes with electricity generated by wind power. You see, the dissatisfied could have become more accommodating.

We have to be patient

On the other hand, the massive construction of wind farms is a government decision, and sooner or later the resistance of the population will be broken anyway. Too many of these projects have been launched and there are a lot of them at stake.

So, in September 2020, Latvia and Estonia signed a memorandum on the establishment of a joint offshore wind farm. After conducting the necessary studies in coastal waters, an auction will be held to issue a development license of maximum public interest. The auction winner will purchase the building permit and be entitled to build offshore wind farms in the new area. Estonia and Latvia will share equally in the costs and revenues of this project.

The commissioning date for the final facility is 2030, and the planned capacity of the offshore wind farm is 3.5 TWh of electricity per year, which will be about 40 percent of Estonia’s annual electricity consumption.

Lithuania is also preparing to implement a number of strong projects in this field. The largest wind energy producer in the Baltics, the Estonian company Enefit Green, has announced the construction of another wind farm in Lithuania.

For example, the Akmene wind farm with 14 wind turbines and a capacity of 75 MW will be ready by the end of 2023. It is true that the Estonians are building it – the company Enefit Green. It also previously announced the construction of the Shilale II wind farm, which will be ready by early 2023. Investments will amount to approximately 85 million euros. The expected annual production of the wind farm will be around 258 gigawatt-hours (GWh). This volume covers the annual electricity demand of about 80,000 homes.

Lithuania itself plans to build a park of wind farms with a capacity of up to 700 megawatts in the Baltic Sea. The first auction for the construction of the park is scheduled to be held before 2024.

This wind farm will provide up to a quarter of the country’s electricity needs.

But in Latvia they realize that in order to cover the electricity shortage in the country, windmills alone will not be enough. At the highest level, they have already begun to talk about the construction of a nuclear power plant. For example, common in Latvia and Estonia.

Can you imagine how high the wave of discontent will be for the residents, whose houses will be next to the nuclear power plant?

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