Permit applications submitted for Wind farm Wieringermeer

On the 9th of September, seven permit applications were submitted for constructing Wind farm Wieringermeer at the municipality of Hollands Kroon. The wind farm, located in the Wieringermeer polder, will consists of 102 wind turbines which will replace individual wind turbines in this area. The wind farm was initiated by Nuon, ECN and Wind collective Wieringermeer, a local collective of farmers and wind-turbine owners.

Pondera Consult prepared the environmental impact assessment and managed the permit application process.

The draft permits will be up for public consultation by the end of this year.



Wind energy participation

On the 18th of september Pondera Consult greeted around 70 people at the office of Stibbe legal advisors to discuss wind energy participation.

Topics covered were participation theory, strategic stakeholder management, financial and juridical implications as well as lessons learned from wind farms projects such as Noordoostpolder, Fryslân and Utrecht. A clear picture emerged on what is needed for participation in wind energy projects: have a clear objective of what you want to achieve with participation, every project requires a custom fit and (unfortunately) there are no shortcuts: it will take a lot of time. In the end, it turned out to be an animated day which produced concrete results and some food for thought. With many thanks to our speakers and participants.

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Code of Conduct for the support of and participation in land-based wind energy in the Netherlands

Wednesday 3rd of September, witnessed the signing of the “Code of Conduct for the support of and participation in land-based wind energy” by the NWEA; an alliance between the federation of nature, the federation of the environment, the Foundation for Nature & the Environment (N&M) and Greenpeace (the Netherlands).

NWEA has been in the process of developing this Code of Conduct for quite some time. The Code of Conduct is also listed in the Energy Agreement which was created with help from the Socio-Economic Council (SER). The subscribers to this Code of Conduct wish to maintain and strengthen the support for wind energy – this is important as many projects will be executed during the coming years. The branch knows that these projects will have an impact on everyday surroundings.

The Code of Conduct obliges NWEA members to adhere to a number of basic principles related to participation, communication and contributing to increasing support. The core of the code’s message is that a surrounding area needs to be involved in a wind energy project as quickly as possible. A participation plan will be created for each project which will be the result of a collaboration between the interested parties and the appropriate authority. The initiator will also appoint a point of contact for those living in the area. A participation plan is always based on the creation of a tailor-made solution.

Annual evaluation
The Code of Conduct will be reviewed on an annual basis. This includes the evaluation of amounts included in the text and the competition clauses.

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Wind Park Nijmegen-Noord in the Netherlands in the pipelines

Pondera Consult has prepared an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for Wind Park Nijmegen-Noord in the Netherlands following a request from the municipality of Nijmegen. The EIA, which was prepared for the purpose of the zoning plan, assesses the impact of a wind park on the quality of the surrounding area (view, noise, shadows cast), electricity yield and prevented emissions, water and ground, culture history and archaeology, ecology and external safety.

The EIA commission has tested the environmental impact assessment and, with the Mayor and Councillors of Nijmegen’s acceptance, the realisation of a wind park in Nijmegen-Noord is definitely in the pipelines. All the municipality of Nijmegen needs to do now is create the zoning plan. The EIA and the zoning plan can be found here.

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