Court Rules in Favor of Enefit Green in Risti Wind Farm Planning Case | Economy

The Tallinn Court of Second Instance found that the Rural Municipality of Lääne-Nigula had failed to properly draw up the required detailed plan for the wind farm in Risti, Lääne county.

The municipality indicates that it is now considering reaching an amicable agreement with Eesti Enefit Green, the subsidiary of the public company Eesti Energia, regarding the construction of the wind farm.

The mayor of the rural municipality of Aivar Riisalu (Centre) says the authority has not yet completely ruled out going to the Supreme Court, adding that he hopes an agreement can be reached between the two parties on the parameters more accurate of the wind farm.

Those details include the height of wind turbines in operation – which would be capped at 300 meters, Riisalu said, noting that excessive heights could be daunting.

“You would be scared too, if you had 30 Tallinn TV towers in one place at once. It’s not great,” Riisalu told AK.

The television tower is 314 meters high.

At the same time, he hailed wind power and renewable energy in general.

“In a changed world, I think today the minds of the biggest naysayers may have changed a bit, because the electricity prices that hit us in the winter and spring were kind of a moment conducive to learning, while Lääne-Nigula has the potential to be an energy-based municipality.

“Since we have wind and we have solar, I think this trend will be more favorable for energy saving for us in the future,” he added.

Enefit Green wind energy manager Lauri Ulm said that while the maximum height can be stipulated in the plan, it is only a maximum, adding that it does not follow that wind turbines of these dimensions will necessarily be erected in Risti.

The company is open to dialogue with the municipality, while the exact number and size of the turbines will become clear during the planning stages, Ulm added, putting the date of the completion of the planning in two years, and the wind farm being in full operation in 2027-2028.

The Tallinn Administrative Court of First Instance had earlier overturned the Lääne-Nigula Municipality’s decision to terminate the outstanding special plan for the Risti wind farm, finding that it had been done prematurely.

The municipality appealed to the second level circuit court, but this was overturned in the current judgment.

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