Aragón ready for 800 MW

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Spain's autonomous region of Aragón expects 800 MW of wind plant to be permitted and ready for building before the year is out. This is in addition to the 487 MW already turning and the 213 MW either going up or currently undergoing tests prior to coming on-line. Given an average building schedule of around nine months, the industry department expects Aragón to become Spain's second largest wind power region in the first half of 2003 with a total of 1500 MW on-line. Aragón's head of industry, Jose Porta, attributes the sudden surge of wind power growth to 2000's regional grid connection plan for wind power and cogeneration, by which neighbouring developers have united to negotiate and finance power line and substation improvements with grid operators and distributors. The Plan de Evacuación de Regimen Especial en Aragón (PEREA) already drew Aragón's wind developers out of the doldrums last year, when 236 MW of new capacity went up, compared to just 31 MW in 2000. The industry department hopes to push through a second PEREA once the 1800 MW of the first plan is achieved, 300 MW of which is to come from cogeneration.

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