Chuba declines to confirm commercial project

Japan's third largest electricity provider, Chubu Electric Power Company, has reportedly chosen the location of its first commercial wind farm, which will comprise 13, 2 MW machines. Regional newspaper Chunichi Shimbun says one of the group's subsidiaries will install the turbines along the southern shoreline running along Aichi and Shizuoka Prefectures, southwest of Tokyo. Operation will begin in the 2007 financial year under management of the group company and all power will be sold to Chubu Electric Power, the newspaper reports. It does not identify the turbine manufacturer. Kunihiro Ito of Chubu Electric Power refuses to confirm the report, calling it "mere speculation." But he says his company will "waste no time'" in realising its wind power expansion plan, to cover three locations, announced in March. This aims to install a total of 68 MW of wind capacity in central Japan by 2008. A report on the Nihon Keizai Shimbun financial newspaper web site puts total investment in the 68 MW plan at around ยด10 billion ($85.37 million).

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