New national wind association founded

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Australia now has its own wind energy association, AusWEA, with representation in the International Energy Agency Implementing Agreement on Wind Energy. President Grant Flynn says the association is aiming for a target of 100 MW installed capacity by 2002. "This means a doubling of installation for the next two years." Outlining AusWEA's objectives, Flynn states: "There needs to be a paradigm shift and long term changes in the way both government and the public perceive wind energy. This will be addressed by policy advocacy, education programs and R&D." While acknowledging the relative economic and political stability and high standards of quality assurance Australia offers, Flynn notes that Australia is attracting overseas wind turbine manufacturers to set up operations in Australia. "The 2% mandatory target set by the federal government has guaranteed a market for renewable energy in a country where electricity prices remain the cheapest in the world," he says.

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