Malaga calls for help to develop wind strategy

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Málaga's provincial council, or diputación, has lodged a formal request with the Andalusian regional government to help regulate wind development in the province. The council has received 39 applications for 1200 MW of plant, some of which is proposed in environmentally sensitive areas already earmarked for inclusion in the EU's Red Natura 2000 treaty. The council's Satunino Moreno says the need for a development strategy has also been spurred by concerns about the haphazard way in which wind turbines were developed in the nearby Tarifa area. The work on an extensive and consensual wind plan for Tarifa's direct neighbour, La Janda, also influenced the council's request (Windpower Monthly, October 2000). To date, Málaga has just 19.8 MW on-line from the Casares wind plant, one of only two in Andalusia to have gone up outside Tarifa (Windpower Monthly, July 2000). The other plant, Los Llanos, was erected before its environmental impact assessment was officially published, Moreno says, preventing locals from filing any objections to it. The council does not want this to happen again. While most developers are mum about their plans as they quietly try to cut deals with local town halls, NEG Micon confirms it has 75-100 MW in sight; the company is also a founding member of a developers association for the province. In addition, the council says Gamesa Energía has applied for at least 294 MW, while a local firm, GEAN, has reportedly presented 20 applications. Wigep Andalucia -- a recently formed alliance between the president of Visa España, Eduardo Merigó, and a large construction company -- has applied for two plant totalling 100 MW.

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