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«I like wind turbines and yes, I can accept a few in Ikaria but I also want a lot of forests with oaks»

I had said once, oh poor innocent me, what an illusion! I should have known better! Under current conditions of tribal invasive capitalism, that cannot be done!

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😞 😞 😞
Say No to 110 turbines in Ikaria

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So I’ve changed my mind! The company’s plan is monstrous and disastrous for our island. I have copied and translated the petition against it and I am asking everybody to sign it!


Wind turbines and Ikaria: How a blessing turns into nightmare

Say No to 110 turbines in Ikaria In July, 2011 the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy granted permission (RAE 877/11 / 15.07.2011) to the company IKAROS ANEMOS SA (affiliate of Mytilineos group) to install 110 mammoth 3 MW wind turbines on 28 square kilometers of Mt. Atheras in Ikaria island. The permit states that the turbines will be installed in the following sites of the ridge of Mt. Atheras of the Municipality of Ikaria: «Vigla – Kapsali – Podilia – Ypsonas – Kasmianos – Provatokefalas – Roukounas – Sarantiadon- Erifi – Koutalopetra – Varka – Pappou Logari – Seladia – Megalofos – Siamaki – Kliratia – Stasousa – Papoutsokriftis – Anavathres – Ranti – Stavri – Pounta – Pr. Ilias – Kako Katavasidi”. Their maximum height will be 150 meters and their wingspan will be 90 meters. The permit is expected to be valid for 25 years with a prevision for renewal for an additional 25-year time (50 years total).

After the issuance of the permit by RAE [15/07/2011] two legal proceedings against it were submitted: 1. by the Municipality Ikaria, following a unanimous decision of the City Council on 30/07/2011 to proceed against the RAE decision. 2. by Mr. Ilias Gianniris who also filed a proceeding to the Minister’s office (AP 5590 / 02.08.2011).

Public appeals against the wind turbines were issued by: 1. The NGO «Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation” 2. The Municipal faction «Laiki Syspeirosi Ikarias» (LAS Ikarias) 3. The Municipal faction «Autonomi Syspeirosi Politon Ikarias» (ASPI) 4. The «Kinisi Politon Evdilou» 5. The regional party «Eco Wind in the North Aegean Sea».

Some say that such investments (wind turbines) can close down a lignite mine. However, the same investor (Mytilineos) has publicly declared his interest in the lignite mine of Vevi (near Florina, northern mainland Greece) for 300 MW!
(Source: news.kathimerini.gr)

Case record

Say No to 110 turbines in Ikaria In the 1980s the National Electric Company (DEH) installed and operated seven 30-meter-high wind turbines in “Firi Aspa” above Ikaria’s capital, Agios Kirikos. Although they were very close to the main road, their aesthetic impression was positive. They looked like familiar technological constructions. They were capable of covering 12% of the energy needs of the island and they were in full function especially in August when energy consumption reached its peak.
To cover its own energy needs Ikaria does not need the new wind turbines.
The maximum capacity of the thermoelectric plant in Agios Kirikos is 12,5 KW, while a wind turbine installed by a private near the village of Perdiki produces an additional 600 KW.
The maximum estimated demand for electricity in Ikaria is 9 MW and that only in peak season (10 days around the Celebration of the Assumption in mid-August).

Effects

Say No to 110 turbines in Ikaria To apply the investment in discussion and have 110 wind turbines planted on the crests Mt. Atheras, the whole length of the ridge will have to be excavated, as seen in examples from other areas of Greece. Huge trucks will be needed to transport the parts of a 3 MW turbine, therefore, large roads will have to be built on the mountain.
Each 3 MW wind turbine weighs up to 380 tons without counting the weight of the foundations. These will have to be extremely strong. Each one will require an excavation of at least 16×16 meters large and at least 3 meters deep, as well as leveling and clearing of at least 2000 m2 of land around each turbine. For one-hundred and ten such foundations, the total of land which will be used for the investment is estimated to 220.000 m2!
One utility building will be needed for each wind turbine.
Finally, each wind turbine requires an average of about 14 km of cables on utility poles or in underground lines to connect the turbine to the substation. This means even more excavations on a length of many kilometers.
A large-sized building will be needed for the substation. This will be located near the shore at the point of connection with the undersea cable which will carry the electricity produced by the turbines to the mainland (Attica).
In the spots where the wind turbines are planned to be installed there are several protected areas NATURA2000 (SAC and SPA). (Source: communitywalk.com and WWF: oikoskopio)
On the other hand, if the investment respects the protected areas, including the forest of Ranti, it is estimated that the space left will be sufficient for only 13 out of the scheduled 110 turbines.

The natural and cultural wealth of Ikaria is seriously threatened

In my blog: 'Thick with the eerie awe of the uncanny' The 110 turbines will be installed in fragile ecosystems and large areas of importance for bird life. The giant turbines set in rows on the ridge of Mt. Atheras will be visible from miles away. Their sight will drastically alter the unique insular landscape which is considered to be one of the greatest cultural assets of the Aegean islands.
The sites where the turbines are planned to be installed present several valuable features for Ikaria:

  • The unique ancient forest ecosystem «Forest of Randi»
  • The environmentally protected areas (NATURA 2000-HOS)
  • Areas of great cultural importance and long-aged historical value (Pounta, Kako Katavasidi, Papoutsokriftis, Erifi, etc.)
  • The famous historical pathways stretching on many kilometers around and across the ridge of Mt. Atheras
  • The famous stonewall barriers, the most important of which runs along the eastern part of the ridge
  • The precious water sources along and between the mountaintops

All these will be flattened for the sake of a private investment on public/municipal land (and perhaps pieces of private land as well), aiming at a profit for 25 or 50 years and making Ikaria looking like a giant porcupine sailing at sea.

Will there be benefits?

In my blog: 'Image from the flashflood of October, 2011 in Ikaria The famous countervailing fee which will be reaped by the Municipality of Ikaria is estimated that it will not exceed 1.7 million euros a year (K. Theophylaktos, information event about the project in Rahes, Ikaria, 08.22.2011).
Let us now compare this benefit with the cost of the disastrous torrential rainfall of October 2010 on the road network of Ikaria. A lot of the damage was caused by flooded secondary dirt roads letting out on the main network. The total cost of the damage was estimated to be of the order of 13 million euros.
Nobody knows how many such heavy rainfalls would occur over the next 25 or 50 years and how much damage they will cause. If the 110-wind-turbine project materializes in Ikaria, the clearing and flattening of the land for the foundations and the building of the roads will create immense surface water runoffs which will be added to the ones which caused the floods of October 2010.

Information

In my blog: 'Sites of the planned 110 wind turbines in Ikaria To fill the information gap about the 110 wind turbine project in Ikaria, several gatherings were held in Rahes, Evdilos and Agios Kirikos by the Aftonomi Syspeirosi Politon Ikarias (ASPI) in August 2011. Unfortunately, the Municipality Ikaria, although they filed a proceeding against the investment, did not call the people to a special information gathering on the subject. Instead, they are in contact with the investor and they are holding discussions with him.
The people of Ikaria, the Ikarian community in general, as well as the visitors and lovers of the island do not have sufficient information on the effects of the planned massive project. Before we find ourselves in front of predetermined choices, we should react now.
Sign by pressing the SIGN THE PETITION

GoPetition, ΙΚΑΡΙΑ: ΥΠΟΓΡΑΦΟΥΜΕ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΩΝ 110 ΑΝΕΜΟΓΕΝΝΗΤΡΙΩΝ (we sign against the 110 wind turbines on Mt. Atheras in Ikaria

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The final signed document will be as follows:

The undersigned, individuals and associations, are opposed to the installation of 110 wind turbines of total 330 MW on Mt. Atheras in Ikaria.
This project, if applied:

  • will turn Atheras into an industrial zone for a length of over 27 kilometers
  • will mean mass works of road building, excavations and land clearing and leveling for the foundations, transport, installation and maintenance of the turbines, as well as for the necessary utility poles, cables and buildings
  • will increase the vulnerability of Ikaria to the process of desertification and the consequent flashfloods, as the works will create open ground surfaces of tens of square kilometers
  • will destroy the Forest of Randi and other important wooded areas
  • The famous stonewall barriers, the most important of which runs along the eastern part of the ridge
  • will destroy a large part of the protected areas (NATURA2000 – Habitat of European Interest) located in western Ikaria as well and the PA located between Pounta and Kako Katavasidi
  • will destroy the habitats and nesting sites of the birds of Ikaria, which according to the Greek Ornithological Society, are of great importance
  • will reduce the vital productive areas of the inhabitants and downgrade the aesthetic value of Ikaria for several decades
  • will dramatically alter the landscape as the turbines will be placed in rows along the highest tops of the ridge and will be visible from everywhere
  • will drastically reduce the rising popularity of the hinterland of Ikaria to vacationers and it will cancel the strong potential of Ikaria for mountain tourism (hiking, mountain climbing, cultural touring) which tones up the economy of the small mountain villages

We believe that this investment is of a colonial nature and stands contrary to the interests of the island because:

  • it ignores the local people’s will
  • it is planned and developed without transparency, sharing of information and communicating with the inhabitants and the authorities of the island
  • it offers vague quid pro quos, as the current financial offer of the investor to the Municipality and the local community may be subject to change at any time or may not exist in the future, particularly under the present economic conditions in Greece
  • it is unrelated to the energy needs of Ikaria and aims only at the profitability of the investor
  • it flagrantly violates the principle of proportionality, as an island which needs an annual amount of only 9-12 MW is asked to contribute to the country’s energy objectives for the year 2020 with the excessive amount of 330 MW produced by this investment
  • it does not take into account the 25-year or 50-year economic loss from the delivery of tens of square kilometers of the mountain to private interests. Specifically, the proposed deal does not take into account the natural disasters eventually brought by the disruption of the hydrological cycle as well as the long-term effects on the economy of the island (depreciation of property and losses in the domains of beekeeping, sustainable animal breeding, food gathering, mountain tourism, etc.)
  • finally, because no one can guarantee that, after the expiry of the investment (that is, after 25 or 50 years), the natural environment will actually be restored and that the 110 wind turbines, together with their 110 reinforced concrete foundations, ancillary buildings and kilometers of cables will be removed and shipped out of the island at the expense of the investor

We are calling the Municipality of Ikaria to:

  • not accept this colonialist investment plan
  • not accept negotiations for siting in any location within the perimeter of the Forest of Ranti and other protected areas
  • to take action in finding and applying appropriate economic, social and environmental energy solutions compatible with Ikaria, possibly participating in joint-form enterprises by local investors in the fields of e.g. geothermal power and small sized RES

The signatures under this petition do not authorize anybody to accept possible future offers by the investor. Any further discussions on the matter should start from zero basis.

Sign by pressing the SIGN THE PETITION


 .Thursday August 19, 2011 - 10:37pm (EEST)

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5 σχόλια on “Ανεμογεννήτριες αλλά και δάση βελανιδιάς”

  1. Ο/Η egotoagrimi λέει:
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    Indeed, the project is monstrous as you say, and the most frightful effect will be shortage of water on one hand and terrific flashfloods on the other. The petition does not take into consideration that the mountains of Ikaria are already desertified to a large extent because of uncontrolled, unattended goat breeding.

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    Dry Erifi plateau on Atheras Ikaria Goat eating a bush in Ikaria

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    😮 😦

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  2. […] είναι ελληνική μετάφραση από εμένα (to agrimi) άρθρου στο μπλογκ της Ελένης εναντίον της εγκατάστασης 110 ανεμογεννητριών μαμούθ […]

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  3. Ο/Η archaeopteryx λέει:
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    Να υπογράψουμε διότι είναι θέμα κλοπής και απάτης. Κλέβουν τους καταναλωτές (σε καιρό ύφεσης και ανέχειας) και εξαπατούν τους καλοπροαίρετους ότι «κάνει και καλό». Οι ανεμογεννήτριες δεν κάνουν κανένα καλό. Δεν μειώνουν κανένα CO2, εάν υποθέσσουμε ότι σε νοιάζει το αέριο χάρη στο οποίο υπάρχουν φυτά. Αλλά δεν το μειώνει, απεναντίας, λόγω της στοχαστικότητας του ανέμου και της ανάγκης εφεδρείας (backup) το αυξάνει. Αποδεδειγμένα σε Γερμανία και Ιρλανδία. Το αιολικό ρεύμα, όπως και να το στολίσεις, κοστίζει χοντρική τιμή 3 φορές (300%) πάνω από την χοντρική του ρεύματος όταν ανέλαβαν τα φρούτα που μας έβαλαν σε πτώχευση. Ακρίβυναν ήση το ρεύμα για να δικαιολογήσουν ΑΠΕ και αέριο και να μην φαίνεται 300% αλλά 200%. Θα σας πούνε ότι θα τελειώσει το πετρέλαιο και θα πεθάνουν τα αρκουδάκια και λιώνουν οι πάγοι και είναι ΟΛΑ μπαρούφες. Ναι, κάποτε θα τελειώσει το πετρέλαιο, αλλά τα αιολικά στην Ικαρία θα έχουν σαπίσει πολύ πριν. Κάποτε θα σβήσει και ο …Ήλιος. Θα σας πούν ότι θα δίνει έσοδα στον Δήμο. Αν το ψάξετε, τα μαύρα έσοδα μπορεί να είναι και μεγαλύτερα από τα άσπρα για μερικούς. Άσε το αισθητικό. Τι να συνηθίσεις. Κάποτε οι άνθρωποι είχαν συνηθίσει να ζούν σε υπονόμους ή σε τρώγλες. Ή είχαν συνηθίσει να ζούν με λέπρα. ΚΛΟΠΗ είναι. Πεθαίνει τον τουρισμό, και ΑΚΡΙΒΑΙΝΕΙ το ρεύμα. Σήμερα, που δεν θα έχουμε για πιο βασικά. Εύχομαι, λόγω ύφεσης και τραπεζικής κρίσης να το γλυτώσετε, γιατί η καταστροφή θα είναι για πάντα. Να πείτε στον κόσμο προφορικά, ή με κανένα φύλλο χαρτί, ότι τα αιολικά είναι μία αρπαχτή που ακριβαίνει το ρεύμα για όλο τον κόσμο, και όπου μπαίνουν φεύγει ο τουρισμός (και ανεβαίνει η ανεργία). Ακούγονται, φαίνονται, είναι κακάσχημες και ενοχλούν. Και είναι για πάντα (ακόμα και όταν σαπίσουν τα μηχανολογικά τους). Εμπλέκονται και σε ατυχήματα (φωτιά, ή φεύγει κανένα φτερό).
    Συγγνώμη που ήρθα ακάλεστος, αλλά βρήκα κάποια κυρία που εκανε βουτιές σε κάτι νερά και μου είπε να έρθω εδώ.

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  4. Ο/Η angelosk λέει:
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    Καλά έκανε και σε κάλεσε η ευτυχισμένη άγρια κυρία κι εσύ καλά έκανες κι ήρθες. Έτσι ακριβώς όπως τα λες μας τα είπαν ήδη 18 (!) κουστουμάτοι σε ειδική προπαγανδιστική διημερίδα, όπου μίλησαν και οι δεκαοκτώ (!) για να φαγωθεί ο χρόνος και να μη μπορέσει να μιλήσει κανένας άλλος!!!!!
    Αυτό σου λέω μόνο. Και πέραν τούτου ουδέν.

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    😷 😷 😷

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  5. Ο/Η Eleni λέει:
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    Σε παλια μου καταχωρηση, την «Power for Money, Money for Power» που ο τιτλος της ηταν απο ενα gangsta τραγουδι, ειχα γραψει:

    τα λογια του Ιουλιου Βερν στον Ροβηρο τον Κατακτητη:

    Καθε εργο του ανθρωπου, οσο μεγαλοφυες και να ειναι, αν εμπνεεται μονο απο το χρημα με σκοπο να ικανοποιησει τις εγωιστικες αναγκες των λιγων, θα αφανιστει απο το ιδιο το χρημα και τις εριδες που προκαλει το χρημα.

    θα απαντεχουμε και θα αγωνιζομαστε προβαλοντας την ομορφια και την απλοτητα του νησιου μας. Αυτη ειναι η δικη μας η αρενα, αυτος ο δικος μας ο αγωνας, κανουμε το χρεος μας, κι ο,τι θελει ας γινει.

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    Power for money, money for power: Albatros Ισως καποτε οταν τελειωσουν ολα αυτα να βρεθουμε ολοι μας οι φιλοι συνεπιβατες στο Αλμπατρος.
    Μεχρι τοτε ομως ας υπογραψουμε!
    Κeep calm and sign our petition against 110 turbines in Ιkaria

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    ^^’

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