Offshore plans hit rough water

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Plans for an offshore wind station near Copenhagen have run into a spot of heavy weather. A proposal for 27 NEG Micon 1.65 MW machines on the Middelgrunden sand bank in Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden, has been scaled back to 20 machines. Strong pressure from both the Danish Nature Conservancy Association and a local improvement society -- which fear the wind farm will ruin the city's seaward view -- lay behind the decision by project leader, the Copenhagen Environmental and Energy Department (KME). The project has also been put on hold until at least August 2000, a year late, in order to secure its plans within the coming Danish energy market reform. KME has meanwhile looked at the setback optimistically, hoping that NEG Micon will have its 2 MW units ready for commercial use by the time the project can be realised.

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