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Local governments in the Netherlands are generally none too pleased with wind turbines, regarding them as noisy bird killers that spoil the view. The Dutch province of Groningen is a pleasant exception. Now that the Eemsmond wind farm of Kenetech turbines from California is almost finished, the province has met its agreement with government to install 50 MW of wind capacity by 2000 at the latest. Instead of smiling smugly at the struggles of other provincial governments to meet their targets, Groningen has asked regional supplier EDON to investigate if another 25 MW can be installed. According to EDON's Hein Akerboom, the utility has reacted favourably to the request. There are still quite a few sites for wind turbines, he says. EDON is thinking of large machines in the 1-1.5 MW range. Because they are still being developed, decisions are not to be expected before the end of 1997.

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