Two US supported projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has earmarked $22,406 for feasibility studies into 20 MW of wind power for the west Aegean region of Turkey. The funding was provided by the CEC's International Energy Fund. The proposed project is being pursued by Princeton Development Corporation, a diversified developer of alternative energy sources with offices in Sacramento and Sausalito, California and Athens, Greece. The firm has focused primarily on energy conservation services but is now moving into wind. The brainchild of Jim Walker, a representative of Mission Energy, a subsidiary of Southern California Edison, Princeton has not yet decided on the turbine type it will use. But Walker has teamed up with Zond Systems to develop a 30-50 MW project on the Greek Island of Crete. It is expected that Zond's Z class of turbines will also be used for this project. The study funded by the CEC will integrate on-site wind prospecting data with transmission access information as well as help assess suitable specific sites for turbine installation. The study will also analyse the institutional, regulatory and financial environment for wind energy development of a utility scale project at selected sites. In late June, the CEC awarded a total of $200,000 to companies pursuing independent power and energy service projects.

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