STA, 26 October 2019 - Although quite windy, Slovenia has only two wind turbines. This may change if investors and environmentalists find common ground on the eight wind farms for which the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning is drafting national zoning plans.
In March 2018 the government decided that national zoning plans, a key document to find a location for a major new investment, is drafted for two wind farms.
Both of these are now among the eight planned by the ministry, of which three are to be built in western Slovenia and five in the east of the country.
The ministry is working on the national zoning plans in collaboration with investors and the public, but it told the STA the procedures were still in their early stages.
All the planned wind farms for which it is in charge of producing a national zoning plan will have a power rating of at least 10 megawatts, the ministry said.
The wind farms planned for the windy west are Senožeška Brda, Zajčica and Dolenja Vas. Mislinja, Paški Kozjak, Ojstrica, Rogatec and Plešivec are planned in the east.
The government would like to increase the share of energy produced from renewable sources in line with Slovenia's energy policy and climate goals.
But it is hard to say how long it will take before the first wind farm is built, especially since the plans for Ojstrica and Zajčiča have been met by strong opposition by locals.
Locals and environmentalists are usually worried about the wind farms' impact on public health and the damage that they could cause to the environment.