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Kick starting more development -- Assessing wind potential

An EU program which aims to help kick-start wind power development in European countries heavily dependent on fossil fuels is now in its final stages. With the counsel of Energía Hidroeléctrica de Navarra (EHN), one of Spain's largest wind developers, the Wind Energy Potential First program (WEPF) aims to assess the wind potential in EU member states and establish criteria for drawing up regional wind regulation policies.

As well as representatives from Spain, the project involves participants from Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia (members of the EU's Phare program which helps prepare non-EU countries for membership), as well as the Italian region of Sardinia. The three Phare members are heavy users of fossil fuel and the WEBF is looked upon as aid to redress the balance. Sardinia, on the other hand is on the brink of a wind development surge and needs solutions that can be swiftly implemented.

With a budget of EUR 878,000, WEBF involves an exchange of knowledge between the five regions, bringing together the main agents involved in wind development.

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