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Iberdrola completes 18 MW with another on the way
1 February 2007
Spanish utility Iberdrola has commissioned its first wind plant in Poland, the 40.5 MW Kisielice wind farm in the north Polish district of Warminsko-Mazurskie, and started work on its second, the nearby 18 MW Malbork plant, scheduled for completion this year. Both the Iberdrola plant use 1.5 MW turbines supplied by GE Energy. Last year, Iberdrola received authorisation from the Spanish and Polish governments to include both plant as joint implementation (JI) projects under the Kyoto Protocol, under which it may receive the certified carbon emission credits associated with wind power production. It is now awaiting final JI approval from the United Nations climate change office. Iberdrola entered the Polish wind market in 2005 after buying Eternegy Polska, the Polish division of German developer Eternegy. The acquisition included an 800 MW portfolio, now being developed under the name Iberdrola Energía Odnawialna. Meanwhile, fellow Spanish firm, Gamesa, 30% owned by Iberdrola, is also supplying 2 MW turbines to the 22 MW Puck wind plant being developed by Poland's EPA. Across the country other developers are building a further 122 MW, according to the Polish Wind Energy Association. Poland's wind market cranked into gear last year after the government set binding renewables targets, requiring electricity providers either to buy renewable energy certificates or face hefty penalties. Over 2006, retailers were obliged to source 3.1% of their electricity from renewables. This rises incrementally to 9% by 2014. By the end of 2006, Poland's cumulative installed wind capacity was 153 MW.
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