The choice of British Energy, operator of most of Britain's nuclear capacity, as the main sponsor for this year's annual conference of the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) proved to be the most controversial to date. The wisdom of the BWEA allying itself with the nuclear industry was brought up at the association's annual general meeting at the close of the first day. During the conference sessions, however, the issue raised little comment or concern. British Energy revealed its ambitions to diversify into wind earlier this year when it formed two 50:50 joint ventures. In the UK it hopes to develop an offshore wind farm with Renewable Energy Systems (Windpower Monthly, March 2001) and in Canada it is developing a wind farm with Ontario Power Generation (page 26).
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