Tokyo tests island wind

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Tokyo Electric Power Co plans to install wind turbines on several small islands far from the Japanese capital to help reduce the use of expensive diesel power generation. Fuel transport to the islands is costly, says the utility, and the cost of diesel generation is ¥12-13/kWh compared with ¥10-11/kWh for wind. The first 500 kW wind turbine is expected to go up in March on Hachijo island-where 10,000 residents use a maximum of about 9 MW-followed by Miyake island and the Izu and Ogasawara island groups. The turbine supplier has not yet been selected, but the Japanese press has reported that negotiations are underway with Dutch and German manufacturers. In the southern part of Japan, Okinawa, the local utility has erected 6 MW of wind turbines to test their suitability to help offset future diesel power costs (Windpower Monthly, July 1999).

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