Dutch utility Edon has announced plans for a 30 turbine, 20-25 MW wind plant for a 100 hectare site in Delfzijl near the German border. If there are no delays in securing planning permission, the site is expected to be operational in 1999. The Groningen based utility, active in the northeast of the Netherlands and co-owner of the troubled Eemshaven wind plant of Kenetech turbines, will hold a 50% share in the development, the other 50% being taken by the Koop Groep BV, the owners of the site. The precise number, type and capacity of the turbines have yet to be decided, but the plans make provision for an eventual expansion in co-operation with private developers. The timing of the announcement and emphasis on the opportunities for individual participation might seem more than coincidental. PAWEX, the association for independent turbine owners, recently voiced its concern that some Dutch utilities were unwilling to co-operate in the creation of a free market for green electricity. PAWEX named Edon as one utility seemingly determined to make it impossible for independent producers to sell electricity on the open market.
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