The Estonian Wind Technology Association disapproves of the Defense Ministry’s choice to exclude the organisation in a work group tasked with finding solutions for wind farm construction which wouldn’t disturb the work of defense force radars.
"The composition of the work group is inconsistent with the agreement made in the Environmental Committee, because it is not broad-based — business organisations and experts with wind technology competence have not been included, and it consists solely of officials of ministries," chairman of the association Andres Sonajalg wrote in a letter to the Defense Ministry.
Sonajalg was referencing meetings of the parliamentary Environmental Committee at the start of 2016 at which a consensual decision to engage representatives of wind energy enterprises in the process was reached.
The chairman believes that bringing in businesses would also be to the government's benefit as it is necessary to develop a legal framework that would allow companies to make up for investments made in technological systems of defense to diminish the effects of wind turbines.
Defense Minister Hannes Hanso established a work group of officials of ministries this month to reconcile the interests of wind farm developers and defense.
The group will be grappling with widely varying tasks at different times and therefore it is impractical to appoint specialists or representatives of a specific field as its permanent members, spokesman for the Defense Ministry Andres Sang told BNS.
"For instance, experts of the defense forces are not permanent members of the work group either. All experts, including developers of wind farms, have to be brought in as and when necessary, that is, depending on the task in hand. The work group intends to engage in close cooperation with both umbrella organizations of wind farm developers and individual developers," he explained.
The work group’s first goal is to determine the Estonian regions in which the setup of wind farms is possible. Subsequently, the work group will need to find and examine various options for establishing wind farms in such areas in a way that will not undermine the country's military capabilities, the order signed by the minister indicates.
The third job of the work group is to analyse the possibility that the construction of facilities of national defense could be funded by private investors and to compose legislation allowing private investors to finance structures or other acquisitions needed for national defense.