A wind mapping program has been launched by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) in the state of New South Wales (NSW) as a way to help boost wind power development. The two year program will collect wind data from 25 sites at a height of 40 metres. SEDA hopes the program will reduce the need for developers to undertake costly monitoring by increasing public access to wind data, says the authority's Andrew Williamson. It will fund half the sites and propose joint venture arrangements for the remainder. The companies involved in the co-funded sites will have exclusive access to the data for two years, Williamson says. The current data freely available for New South Wales provides a patchy picture of the wind resource. Some private companies have taken measurements, while promising sites have not been investigated due to lack of investment or confidence in identifying sites. Public agencies have also monitored the wind extensively, but their data was retained by electricity generator Pacific Power when the state deregulated the utilities to form a competitive electricity market.
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