Repower Systems is threatening to move its headquarters from Hamburg to the neighbouring state of Schleswig-Holstein following the refusal by the Hamburg authorities to provide a location within the city boundary for installation of a Repower 5 MW prototype. In a scathing attack on the council, the company's Fritz Vahrenholt suggests the authorities are being hypocritical in expecting other countries to make locations available for testing advanced turbine technology from Germany. "I find it rather shameful that the federal state where our company's head office is located has now let us know, nearly a year after filing for application, that there is no location for our 5 MW turbine in Hamburg," he says. The decision comes "after two test locations were made available in the meantime for our competitor from Aurich," he adds, referring to Enercon. "This is a hostile act made by the Senate, which is happy to pocket business taxes but does not want to contribute anything to the further development of Repower. We are now planning to pay our taxes elsewhere in future."
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