Sweet breezes in Poland as Dutch confectionery concern builds wind farm

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As part of its attempt to achieve a zero CO2 balance by 2005, Dutch confectionery concern Van Melle is to build a wind farm in Poland. The 4.5 MW project in the north west of the country will comprise six 750 kW Lagerwey machines. It is being supervised by the Amersfoort-based Profin Sustainable Energy Solutions consultancy. Construction permits are in hand and it is waiting on an economic calculations contract, says Van Melle's Sieuwert Haverhoek. Van Melle, which launched an energy management program in 1990, is looking to sell the project's output to a local Polish power company and set the carbon credits generated by the wind turbines against its emissions in the Netherlands. There are no plans to trade the credits. As an investor in the Dutch Triodos wind fund, Van Melle already has a significant presence in the domestic wind sector. A plan to place a solitary wind turbine outside every Dutch plant was frustrated by public opposition, however. The company is also one of the largest corporate green electricity users in the Netherlands. The sweet firm's Polish project follows hard on the announcement that Dutch utility NUON is to build a 60 MW plant in the same area under the Dutch government's Joint Implementation, emissions trading scheme ERUPT (Windpower Monthly, May 2001). Following a takeover of Van Melle by Italian chewing gum concern, Perfetti, the long term future of the energy management plan is uncertain, however. "We have been allowed to continue for the time being, but the situation will later be reviewed," says Haverhoek.

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