German utility looks at wind as "joint implementation"

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German utility giant RWE Energie is considering building a wind station in Morocco. Three sites are being looked at, one of which has as yet no grid access, although an expansion of the grid to the area is planned. The project may be carried out in co-operation with the Spanish utility Endesa. A plan by the two utilities to jointly build a wind station at Cedeira in Galicia in Spain collapsed several months ago. The Moroccan project is viewed by RWE Energie as a pilot "joint implementation" exercise, a concept by which a utility can gain CO2 "credits" in its own country by investing in CO2 saving measures elsewhere. RWE Energie is a strong proponent of the idea and is already testing the bureaucratic and practical mechanisms of joint implementation in a photovoltaic project in Indonesia. Hopefully the Moroccan project won't fall foul of the obstacle encountered in Spain. RWE's Karl-Wilhelm Otto says the utility was expected by Spain to sign a legally-binding contract, even though the necessary licences had not yet been granted. This was an unacceptable condition for the German utility.

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