Latest news on the structure of the new body that will oversee and direct wind policy and technology research in Europe was unveiled in a side event at the European Wind Energy Conference in Milan last month. The Wind Energy Technology Platform was launched in October and its members represent interests from the industry, national and EU government, research and development institutions, finance organisations and the wider power sector. Its main goal is cost reduction, explained Nicolas Fichaux from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). "It aims to be a single powerful voice for the whole sector," he said. "And one of the goals is to be a place for the exchange of ideas." Six groups have been set up covering three broad areas of policy, market development and research. The groups cover: wind energy resource; wind power systems; wind energy integration; offshore development and operation; wind market and economics; and wind policy and environment. In addition there is a financing group and a member states mirror group. As Fichaux explains: "The working groups tell us what we have to do, the finance group how we are going to pay for it and the member states mirror group how we are going to implement it."
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