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Cautious approach by windy city

As a new town still in the process of development -- and with an unwanted reputation as the windy city -- Almere in the polder province of Flevoland would seem to offer plenty of scope for wind projects. Today's open spaces will be tomorrow's suburbs, however, and after long consideration, the city's planners have opted to show caution before the wind. They will allow the construction of a "temporary" ten turbine plant in the Almere-Pampus area, which is not due to be built-up until 2015, at which time the turbines are to be dismantled. The wind farm is to be sponsored by businesses and private investors through the sale of shares. A second plant, to be built alongside the future A27 highway on the boundary with the Zeewolde district, will have a more permanent status. But that will be it for wind projects in the region, according to the local council. Almere it seems is still sensitive about its windy reputation.

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