New wind targets for Australia

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Australia can contribute to more than a fourth of global wind capacity by 2010, create 9400 jobs and save 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide if it meets the goals Greenpeace and the Australian Wind Energy Association (AusWEA) have set for the country. In an updated version of "Wind Force 10: A blueprint to achieve 10% of the world's electricity from wind power by 2020," first published by Greenpeace, the European Wind Energy Association and the Forum for Energy and Development nearly two years ago (Windpower Monthly, November 1999), a new target of 5000 MW of installed wind capacity has been set for Australia. The updated strategy, launched at an Australian wind conference in late July, points out the barriers to achieving the Australian goal including uncertainty of planning laws, grid connection difficulties with monopoly network owners, wind discrimination in the National Electricity Code and flaws in the new 2% Mandatory Renewable Energy Target legislation.

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