National utility leases land from the church to build wind plant

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National utility Vattenfall has leased forestlands in the Swedish town of Mörlunda from the Church of Sweden and the local municipality Linköpingskift to build a wind plant of up to 55 MW. Wind measuring will start soon, says Vattenfall's Anders Dahl, and two test turbines are planned for installation in 2008. Mörlunda is one of the first new onshore development projects Vattenfall has talked about of late, but Dahl says a score of new projects are on the way. Last year the utility said it would build wind plant to produce 8 TWh of power over the next decade, which amounts to nearly half of the 17 TWh of wind Sweden has as its production goal for 2016. Four of the new projects are part of Vattenfall's 2006 agreement with Gamesa for the Spanish company to develop 200 MW of projects on land in the Nordic region by 2010. Dahl says Vattenfall must decide whether to accept Gamesa's recommendations on building the four projects, which he declines to name, by the end of this year. Dahl says Vattenfall's 8 TWh goal will be tough to reach, but not impossible. "We've analysed the wind map of Sweden, put in a lot of effort to see what kind of sites will be profitable in the future, overlaid grid maps and topographical maps, and the computer models helped spit out a long list of good sites. Right now we're in negotiations with landowners and we'll soon have a big number of new agreements to announce."

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