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UTILITIES GO EUROSCALE, Giant wind station discussed

Fourteen members of the European Utilities for Renewable Energies are conducting a feasibility study for a 100 MW wind station. The study, to be completed by the end of 1997 for a proposed site in Europe, will cost ECU 1.6 million, with the European Commission's energy directorate, DG XII, paying 50% of the costs and the utilities the remainder. Seven sites, not yet specified, are being looked at in Britain, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain

Fourteen European utilities are conducting a feasibility study for a 100 MW wind station. They represent half of the members of the European Utilities for Renewable Energies group. The study, to be completed by the end of 1997 for a proposed site in Europe, will cost ECU 1.6 million, with the European Commission's energy directorate, DG XII, paying 50% of the costs and the utilities the remainder. Seven sites, not yet specified, are being looked at in Britain, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain, where two are being considered.

"The aim of the study is to establish what is needed for the construction of a large wind farm with optimal wind conditions," says Karl-Wilhem Otto of RWE Energie, the German utiity leading the project. He adds: "One hundred megawatt is a size which starts to become interesting for utilities." DG XII is hoping the project could provide a planning framework for large wind stations.

Under RWE Energie's leadership the project is being co-ordinated by three task forces. led by Belgian Electrabel, PowerGen in the UK and RWE. The other utilities are Electricité de France, Elkraft (Denmark), ENEL (Italy), Energie-Versorgung Schwaben (Germany), Imatran Voima (Finland), National Wind Power (England), PPC (Greece), Ibadrola and Compania Sevillana (Spain), Union Electrica Fenosa (Spain) and Electricidade de Portugal.

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