Morocco's state utility, the National Office for Electricity (ONE), and Spanish utility Iberdrola have agreed to study the feasibility of two wind plant of up to 100 MW each. The first step will be to survey proposed locations at Taza, to the east of Fez, and on the Atlantic Ocean coast near Laayoune. If the projects go ahead, Iberdrola has the exclusive right to develop and build the plant and to operate them for 20 years. The projects come under the framework of ONE's EnergiPro initiative, which aims to boost private sector participation in electricity supply by encouraging large, industrial consumers to invest in renewable energy generation for their own needs. ONE will transport the power to the point of consumption and pay an incentive tariff for the transit. It also guarantees to purchase any surplus electricity at a favourable rate. To qualify for the EnergiPro, Iberdrola intends to form a consortium of local companies which will take up the power. EnergiPro was launched as part of Morocco's ambitious "Initiative 1000 MW" program from 2006, which aims to build 1000 MW of renewable capacity by 2012. The country currently has 124 MW of wind plant in operation.
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