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Kyushu promotion of wind power

The local Kyushu bureau of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has prepared a report on the promotion of new energy technologies in the main southern island of Japan. The 27 wind turbines now running in Kyushu are mainly concentrated in Nagasaki and Kagoshima prefectures. Of these, 13 are owned by third party entities and feed power to the utility grid. According to the report, Kyushu is keen to promote more use of alternative energy technologies, including wind power. A total land area of about 125 square kilometres is available for wind plant and a number of private companies are considering wind turbine ownership. Wind industry attention turned to Kyushu after the northern island, Hokkaido, set a moratorium on further wind development until March 2002 after being overrun with wind plant siting applications.

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