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World's second biggest utility reduces wind tender selection to 4 MW

The world's second biggest utility, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), which shocked the wind industry by limiting its first request for wind power to just 10 MW in 2001, has decided to buy only 4.2 MW instead. In comparison another major utility, Tohoku, has accepted bids for 107 MW (above). TEPCO is buying the 4.2 MW from newcomer M&D Green Energy, a wind plant developer, which will use five 850 kW Vestas turbines to deliver the contracted power. They will be sited at Iioka in Chiba prefecture, with commissioning scheduled for May 2002. The project, however, is dependent on a capital subsidy from the government's wind program. M&D Green Energy is already working on another wind farm consisting of three 800 kW Nordex wind turbines to start feeding power to the grid in September. The turbines are being built at Tessho near Wakkanai in Hokkaido. M&D Green Energy was established by Mitsuuroko KK and KK Dainen, which both trade in LDP gas and oil.

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