Local Dutch councils becoming more positive to wind

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Following an initiative of Dutch utility NUON, local authorities in Holland seem to be warming to wind plant in their regions, according to the utility's Annemarie Goedmakers. In its "Windplan 2000," NUON suggested that the Dutch government could still meet its long-abandoned goal of 1000 MW installed capacity by 2000 if it encouraged every local council to make space for two 750 kW wind turbines. Acting on the suggestion, economics minister Annemarie Jorritsma reminded each local council of its energy and environment responsibilities. As a result, says Goedmakers, "The attitude of local councils is slowly becoming more positive: it's becoming a question of where can we build, rather than we can't build it there." In the coming year, NUON hopes to realise plans for a number of new wind projects, chief amongst which is a 53 MW plant in the Wieringermeer polder in Noord Holland, three projects in Opmeer, Noorder Koogenland and Wester Koogenland totalling 13.5 MW, and four plants in Amsterdam's Western Harbour area, totalling 14 MW.

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