Ten wind projects totalling 567 MW were granted siting permits in Britain in the first quarter of 2003, says the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA). Added to the projects already permitted and not yet built, a total of 1300 MW of wind power is ready for construction -- enough to power England's second largest city, Birmingham, twice over, with electricity to spare, the association says. Combined with power from projects already operating, the new capacity will increase wind's share of UK electricity to 1.4%, well on the way to the industry's projections that as much as 8% of supply could come from wind by 2010. BWEA predicts that 2003 will see a six-fold increase in onshore planning applications from three years ago.
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