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Fosen verdict could halt establishment of new wind farms

Norway's supreme court in mid-October ruled the license of Europe's largest onshore wind project invalid, which could set a precedent for similar endeavors in the country, according to professor.

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Earlier this month when the Fosen onshore wind farms at Storheia and Roan had their licenses ruled invalid by Norway's supreme court, it came as a surprise to many in the business, including Fosen Vind, which back in 2013 had in fact been permitted to commence establishment of the facilities in spite of the already ongoing case.

Eight years after their establishment, however, it's been determined that it was in violation of UN conventions and of Sami reindeer herders' right to practice their culture. And that verdict could start an avalanche in the build-out of other Norwegian wind farms on land, says Øyvind Ravna, professor of indigenous peoples law at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, to domestic broadcaster NRK.

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