Sweden's wind turbine subsidy programme is again running out of cash. An extra SEK 100 million allocated late last year -- after a deal between the Social Democratic government and the Green Party -- was expected to be used up before the end of last month, according to Stefan Jakelius from Nutek, the energy authority processing subsidy applications. Some SEK 55 million has already been granted to 35 turbines, or 16 MW capacity, and the remaining SEK 45 million is going to another 30 turbines. The SEK 100 million will have stimulated the installation of 28 MW of generating capacity, though Nutek has applications for far more than that. Under the five year subsidy programme, running from July 1991 to July 1996, SEK 310 million will have been used for subsidising wind turbine installations while about SEK 40 million has gone to research projects and to pay for tenders for new technology and information campaigns. Once the projects now in Nutek's pipeline are processed, the programme will have subsidised erection of 280 turbines, or 95 MW.
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