Spain on the way to 2000 MW this year

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The maturing Spanish market is still growing significantly according to a pre-holiday heads up by national wind association, Asociación Empresarial Eólica (AEE). The first six months of the year saw 1176 MW of new capacity connected to the network, an increase of around 29% on the same period last year. By the end of June, cumulative capacity stood at 12,801 MW. For 2007 as a whole, AEE is expecting 2000 MW of new capacity, well up on the 1600 MW in 2006, but still short of the 2300 MW needed annually to meet the national wind target of 20 GW for end-2010. The association says streamlining of grid connection permits, currently seen as the biggest hurdle for developers, would improve the situation. By region, Castile-La Mancha was the strongest performer over the first half-year, bringing 297 MW online to raise its total wind capacity to 2615 MW. It is fast closing the gap on Galicia, which put up 109 MW to bring its total to 2712 MW. The huge southern region of Andalucía, back in action after a long dormant period, came second in the half-year rankings with 254 MW while Valencia, where building eventually began last year, installed 116 MW. Among project developers, Acciona led with 418 MW installed, accounting for 35.48% of the national market in the first six months of the year, followed by Iberdrola with 261 MW (22.15%). Neo Energía, the renewables wing of Energías de Portugal, came in third with 203 MW. No other developer surpassed 100 MW, although Endesa was close with 95 MW. Gamesa dominates turbine supply so far this year, providing 54% of the new capacity. Acciona Windpower came next with a 30% share.

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