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MADHYA PRADESH CONDEMNS USED TURBINES

The government of Madhya Pradesh has condemned the sale to India of used wind turbines uprooted from California. In a circular to the wind industry it has stated that it will not allow the installation of second hand machines in its state in order to preserve "the orderly and healthy growth of this emerging power generating technology." The circular refers to attempts being made to import used equipment, "perhaps to meet the short-term demand for wind turbines and to take quick advantage of fiscal incentives." The circular further states, "As land at our prime windy sites is becoming scarce, the emphasis should be on the installation of new modern machines of larger sizes." The state will no longer consider turbines in the 55 kW-250 kW size range. The poor roads in Madhya Pradesh could have prevented the use of larger turbines, but Anil Sethi, of developer Subhash Projects, already seems to have found a way around this difficulty, "by taking precautions at curves and by using a 410 tonne crane."

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