The La Janda authorities have at last rubberstamped a wind development plan, capped initially at 450 MW, for this windswept area of the Andalucian coast. For years over 1000 MW of development applications have been on the table for the eight towns making up La Janda, just west of the Gibraltar Straits. But a lid was clamped on all but 50 MW due to pressure from one of Spain's most powerful neighbourhood wind lobby groups, Plataforma Eólica Vecinal de La Janda (Windpower Monthly, February 2002). Many of the projects are mature and have adapted to most of the guidelines issued by the La Janda authorities since the first draft of the plan -- largely unaltered since -- was presented over a year ago. Recently imposed requirements for grid connections, however, could delay the process and alter the line-up of likely contenders (page 40). Nevertheless, the local grid is widely considered to have room for 300 MW of wind, following minor power line improvements, and sources close to La Janda's governing provincial council expect building on some of the projects by the end of the year. "At last we have regulation," says the neighbourhood group's Jose Luis Tirado. But he regrets that most of his group's official comments on minimum turbine distances from dwellings have not been included.
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