The current background of demand is the plans of the Frantz food company “11er” to follow neighboring Rondo Ganahal’s plans for its own power plant. Rondo Ganahal intends to build this power plant – if “11er” participate, the project will be subject to the EIA because of its size. Companies fear that such a process would delay construction – more on this here: Common Power Plant: Concerns about long proceedings,
Facilitating the transition to sustainable forms of energy
SPÖ energy spokesman Martin Staudinger is now calling on the state government to reconsider. Joint local power plants, such as those being considered by companies in Frantz, should not be delayed by “unnecessarily lengthy EIA processes”.
In general, Staudinger would like the EIA processes to be shortened significantly for projects that aim to switch to sustainable forms of energy. “We can only manage to run out of oil and gas if we reconsider our previous strategies. This means that environmental impact assessments may no longer be a matter of years,” Staudinger says.
Zadara: the process in Vorarlberg fast and ambitious
Environmental counselor Daniel Zadra (Greens) assured on the occasion of the Frastenzer plans that the project would certainly be carefully scrutinized, but that it would be treated with gusto. If plans are submitted properly, an EIA process in Vorarlberg takes an average of eight months, which is fast and ambitious, Jadra says.
Staudinger: VP and Greens reject application
However, Staudinger accused the OVP and the Greens of rejecting an application by the SP in April that suggested expediting such processes. Specifically, SPÖ wanted to use its application to lobby the federal government for a new regulation that would result in faster EIA processes for projects whose implementation is in the public interest.
According to Staudinger, it will also be necessary for new projects of the Illwerke VKW, the implementation of which will take longer than the 2030 energy autonomy that is really needed. “As a result, imports of electricity will be necessary for a long time,” Staudinger says.
SPÖ is already calling for a campaign to save energy
Staudinger also criticizes the fact that the state government is not planning an energy-saving campaign until autumn. It has to happen now. For example, in Germany, there are widespread initiatives where people are constantly asking to save gas and energy.
“Vorarlberg should also start saving before gas is needed again in the fall. So it would be appropriate to use the heat to convince the population and companies about the need to save energy. Jadra announces energy saving campaign,
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