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WARNING OF SLUMP
1 March 1996
The Danish Wind Turbine Owners Association is warning of a potential drop in wind turbine installations this year in Denmark. It points out that less than 7 MW was installed by wind co-operatives last year, the lowest ever level, and a change in the law will make ownership of wind turbines by single households far more difficult. Until now landowners have been allowed to annexe a potential site to their property, even though there was no physical connection between the two pieces of land. This allowed them to install a large wind turbine. But the law is being changed to prevent this. The association points out that in 1995 households installed 43.9 MW of the 98 MW of development in Denmark. But now, only households fortunate enough to own land in areas zoned for wind power are allowed to erect wind turbines. This will lead to a dramatic drop in wind development in the private sector, says the owners association. It points out that the utility sector took over ten years to achieve 140 MW of development.
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