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    All the black holes in the environmental impact statement for Forestalia's windmills in Teruel


    October 4, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Fernando Samper is growing dwarfs, not windmills. It can be said that Forestalia will carry the penance in the sin and the consequences of its striking business model, already threaten to ruin its plan to fill the natural landscapes of Teruel with huge wind generators.

      The Platform in favor of the Landscapes of Teruel has presented up to 28 allegations to Samper's project in Teruel,"PEol-765", according to which 149 windmills are projected between the regions of Jiloca, the Community of Teruel and the Sierra de Albarracín.

      And what are the characteristics of Forestalia's business model that threaten its lucrative plans? First of all, to include in its management team the top management of the Ministry of Environment of the previous government of Aragon (PSOE-PAR). In addition, to distribute the awards in nineteen companies, all of them belonging to Forestalia, and which share the wind power cake in developments of less than 50 megawatts. Curiously, the regulation establishes that when the installations are less than 50 megawatts, it is the Autonomous Community that approves the environmental impact report instead of the Ministry of Ecological Transition itself.

      And this is one of the points that several of the amendments of the platform for the sites of Teruel are right: The environmental impact is described in isolation and fragmented for each of the 19 awards, which does not allow to assess the total environmental impact of the facilities of the 149 wind turbines.

      Another of the weak points of the installation is that, the way of presenting the fragmented environmental impact statements obviates a reality, which does not include the evacuation of the generated electrical energy. In other words, the "PEol-765" project consists of 19 wind power plants of which only 4 have evacuation infrastructures, i.e., transformers and power lines to conduct electricity to the grid. It is obvious that these other facilities will appear in other proceedings, but what is certain is that the project seeking approval consists only of generators that would not evacuate electricity anywhere.

      There is no wind!

      The problem of the lack of evacuation infrastructures would not be much of an inconvenience for 118 of the 149 wind turbines as it does not meet the minimum wind in the installation area necessary to guarantee its profitability and which according to the Aragonese Wind Energy Association is 3,000 equivalent hours. Although some sources told Libre Mercado that Forestalia was doing field work in the different sites where it wanted to install the generators, Forestalia's environmental impact statements acknowledge that "it does not have its own wind data in the places where it wants to install the windmills".

      In addition, according to the Platform for the Landscapes of Teruel, Samper's project also violates the Energy Sector Law by proposing a line with a voltage higher than the regulatory 380KV to transport energy along 167 kilometers parallel to a Red Eléctrica line and ends at a point near the city of Valencia, to be distributed to the points of consumption. In addition, the Law also states that no entity can act simultaneously as projector and manager in the transmission grid, which is what Forestalia has presented. In its brochure it boasts that its evacuation lines are "real transport lines of private ownership".

      A copy and paste

      Perhaps one of the most lacerating accusations, if the previous ones were not, is that the Platform in favor of the Landscapes of Teruel denounces that Forestalia's environmental impact study is a simple compilation of public data provided by the Government of Aragon. In addition, the Platform's technicians denounce that the appropriate geological study has not been done to ensure the suitability of the facilities.

      Finally, in their allegations, this platform alludes to the cultural, natural and tourist heritage of the area in which Samper wants to install the mills. Generators that really threaten the tourist attractions of the area.

      The allegations address a wide range of issues such as the impact on natural areas, the failure to comply with basic environmental and electricity sector laws, the lack of measurements and data collection in the area, doubts about the profitability of the project and the negative consequences for the cultural, archaeological, landscape and tourism heritage of the area.

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