Swiss wind still stagnating

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Wind power development in Switzerland remains almost at a complete standstill after the country's voters rejected the electricity market law, Elektrizitätsmarktgesetz (EMG), in a referendum in September. The law had proposed that wind generators selling directly to customers be exempt from network charges of EUR 0.06-0.10/kWh for ten years while qualifying for a generous EUR 0.10/kWh feed-in price. The EMG would also have required that the source of all energy products be clearly labelled.

The only highlight last year was installation of an 850 kW ABB/

Lagerwey machine, delayed from the end of 2001 because of bad weather. It was installed at a site 2332 metres above sea level at Gütsch op Andermatt in the Alps and brought the total wind capacity to just 5.24 MW (nine turbines) by the end of 2002.

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