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Hungary to loosen its rules on deployment of wind turbines

Hungary will amend its legislation on wind turbines, Cabinet Minister Gergely Gulyás told reporters on Thursday. The current legislation has been blocking wind farm development in the country for years.

According to the plans, the distance requirements between wind turbines and settlement areas will be reduced, informed the minister, however, he hasn’t revealed further details about the planned changes.

In 2016, the Hungarian parliament passed a law that banned wind turbines within a 12-kilometre radius of populated areas. Up until now, the legislation left no area in Hungary where it would be possible to install new wind energy capacity.

In November, the European Commission said in its assessment of Hungary’s recovery and resilience plan that it includes “a comprehensive package of measures on energy, with significant reforms and investments promoting renewable energy. For example, it includes reforms that will remove significant regulatory bottlenecks for the deployment of wind turbines, create “go-to areas” in the windiest regions and improve the permit granting procedures for power plants relying on renewable energy sources.”

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