A decreasing growth rate in the Mediterranean regions due to a strong territorial impact
After an initial period (2005-2010) of rapid growth of installed power, the development of wind energy is slowing down in many Mediterranean regions of Europe....
One of the reasons for such a « backlash » is the perception of a strong territorial impact of wind energy. Modern wind turbines have nothing in common with old rustic windmills or early 20th century machines. They can be up to about 150 meters high, and their blades can be more than 30 meters long. In the coastal and mountainous Mediterranean regions, wind energy is thus often accused of damaging the landscape and thus jeopardizing tourism and local economic development.
Therefore local authorities express strong reluctance to host wind parks.