“Hungary’s President János Áder has referred an amendment of the electricity act back to Parliament for review for it has practically bans the installation of wind turbines in the country. ”
October 21, 2016, 1:27 pm Hungarian version
The Hungarian government created a series of new regulations with the aim to prohibit the installation of new wind turbines in the country. The amendment of the energy law was worded carefully so it does not explicitly ban wind farms since the EU would most certainly object to that. Instead, the new law bans wind turbines in a 12-kilometre radius around populated areas.
A colleague of the Faculty of Science at the Eötvös Loránd University created a map with a geoinformatics software which illustrates the areas where the law applies. Red marks the banned and white the permitted areas. Cannot see any white spots? Exactly!
Áder referred the bill approved on 11 October back to Parliament for a review, saying it
- does not help the execution of the Paris climate agreement (At the Paris climate conference in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The agreement, which is due to enter into force in 2020, sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.)
- contradicts the action plan on the utilisation of renewable energy for 2010-2020; and
- implements unjustified administrative restrictions.
The government secured itself from all sides against wind turbines. Additional clauses in the new law stipulate that wind turbines cannot be installed “within 40 km of Hungarian Defence Force radars, and within 15 km of military airports”, as well as any area where they would “decrease military and defence capabilities”.
According to another clause, the installation of wind turbines on agricultural land is restricted to those which have been officially out of cultivation for at least three years. Additionally, only 2-megawatt wind turbines, i.e. those with outdated technology are allowed and at no more than 100 m height.