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How Red Tape Becomes a Roadblock – The Case of the Mollendruz Windfarm

About the case study

ewz and local communities jointly began the development of the Mollendruz windfarm on the ridge of the Jura mountain range in Canton of Waadt in February 2009. It involves twelve wind turbines with a total capacity of 50 MW and an expected electricity output of 110-112 GWh per year. Over a period of 13 years, all necessary approvals have been granted, including the consent of each of the affected communities and the Canton of Waadt. Nevertheless, the project has been subject to court cases, the latest has been filed by NGOs at the federal court – the ruling is still outstanding.

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