Europe’s Bid to Kick Russian Natural Gas Faces Opposition

Europe has a plan to stop buying Russian natural gas within five years by installing large-scale wind turbines and solar panels. But locally, a gauntlet of environmental groups, local opposition and bureaucracy stands in the way.

In Germany, Europe’s largest buyer of Russian gas, wildlife protection groups routinely challenge wind farms and extend their permit periods to more than five years. In Italy, Europe’s second largest Russian gas consumer, the authorities reject 90% of all wind energy projects. Permission obstacles have slowed the development of utility-scale solar farms across the continent. Regulations and public resistance in Poland, France and Hungary have cut off large parts of the countries from the expansion of wind energy. Europe’s Bid to Kick Russian Natural Gas Faces Opposition

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