Finnish municipalities consider offshore development

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The Finnish municipality of Korsniemi is talking with its neighbours about establishing a "platform of co-operation" for jointly financing large-scale offshore wind projects. The goal is to replace power from locally owned fossil fuel plants with clean electricity, supported by a broad spectrum of public and private sector investors. The proposal envisages construction of wind farms 10-20 kilometres from the Finnish west coast and covering an area of 300 square kilometres. "The Korsniemi proposal is very theoretical," says Ralf Granholm of ABB Finland's wind unit. The Finnish government's National Windpower Plan calls for an increase to 500 MW by 2010, up from less than 50 MW today.

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