New wind association formed

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Turbine manufacturers and sales companies in Japan have formed a new association to support the use of wind power. The Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) has been established by Vestech Japan Corp, importer of Vestas turbines, NEG Micon KK, subsidiary of the Danish turbine maker, and NKK Corp, agent for Lagerwey of the Netherlands. Chairman of the new organisation is Vestech's Toshiyuki Yamamura. Forty-six companies related to the wind industry are members of JWPA, which aims to have 100 member companies by spring and 200 members by 2004. By joining forces, companies varying from construction, trading, finance, insurance, consultants and developers will try to solve problems within the industry. The association will collect, analyse and store information about wind power. Topics to be looked at include the use of roads, ports and bays in connection with development, problems of transportation, maintenance and storage of turbines, and grid issues.

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