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EXPORTS SLOWER BUT HOME MARKET PICKS UP

The Danish wind industry reports total sales for the first quarter of 1996 of 74 MW (148 turbines), considerably down on the 96.6 MW (295 turbines) sold in the same period last year. The blame for the poor quarter lies with Germany and India. The German market is slowing down and India's lines of credit have dried up while it finds a new government. Fortunately for the Danish industry, the home market has rallied. As much as 18.6 MW (36 turbines) went to customers at home in the first three months, partially making up for dwindling exports. In the first quarter of 1995, just 5.9 MW (15 turbines) went to the domestic market. The improved situation in Denmark is due to a recently discovered legislative wrinkle allowing wind investors to annexe distant plots of land to their property. This allows farmers to exploit sites in more windy areas of the country than where they own land, circumnavigating regulations requiring they reside near their wind turbines.

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