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The Master Plan

Nature conservation and energy use

The Icelandic Master Plan for conservation of nature and utilization of energy is a tool to reconcile the often competing interests of nature conservation and energy utilization on a national scale and at the earliest planning stages. The idea to create such a plan has been around since the 1980's but work on it didn't begin in earnest until 1999. The Master Plan is currently in its third phase, which is due to be completed in 2017.

The third phase

In the third phase, energy options that could not be categorized in the second phase will be further evaluated. A number of new energy options will also be evaluated and, for the first time, options in wind power will be considered.


Past phases

The first two phases of the Master Plan were carried out in 1999-2003 and 2004-2010. At the end of the second phase, the Master Plan had become a fully fledged governmental plan, as laid out in law nr. 48/2011.