Plenty of potential for wind power but no legal framework

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Speakers at a seminar on the use of wind energy in south-east Europe, held in Mostar during November 28-29, concluded that a lack of appropriate legislation is the main deterrent for the construction of wind power projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina. "After several years of research we have concluded that there are excellent conditions for installing wind power plants in the area," says Elvir Zlomusica of Mostar university. But a new federal law on energy sources must be passed to give potential investors enough confidence to move forward. Leo Schiefermuller of Austria's EnergieWerkstatt and one of the organisers of the seminar agrees. Three years ago EnergieWerkstatt set up a local unit, Vjetroenergetika, to develop wind projects in Bosnia with the support of the Austrian Development Agency and the Deutsche Windinstitut -- a 60 MW project, comprising 30 turbines, has recently been approved for cross-border support by the European Commission and a three year co-operation agreement between the partners is expected to be signed during 2007. Schiefermuller says his company will continue exploring the wind potential in Bosnia, but he says, "We must first create the legal and economic framework in which the projects for the exploitation of wind can be realised."

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