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Utility sets up renewables wing

The largest electricity supplier in Italy, ENEL, has set up a new company to market energy produced from renewable resources. ENEL anticipates that its new subsidiary, Erga, will generate 5.5 MWh of green power a year by 2002, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 550,000 tonnes annually. Erga inherits from ENEL 590 MW of renewable energy capacity already on line -- 2.2% of the total energy produced by ENEL -- made up of 37 wind turbines as well as geothermal and solar photovoltaic plants, reports news service ENDS Environment Daily. By 2002, Erga is expected to set up 135 MW of new wind turbine capacity and new geothermal plants worth 150 MW in the centre and south of Italy.

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