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NUON expands grid capacity for wind

Following the opening of the Herbayum substation in Friesland (Windpower Monthly, January, 1998), NUON is further expanding its grid capacity in Zeewolde in Southern Flevoland through the addition of a 50 MW transformer. When completed the new "wind-net" will offer virtually unlimited connection potential for new wind turbines, while the use of a 20,000 volt cable means that turbines can be connected to the grid within a 15 km radius of the substation without significant loss of power. The expansion will break with the utilities' usual "user pays" principle. The cost of the new net (NLG 5 million per substation) will be borne in the first instance by NUON, with the owners of individual wind turbines paying only for the share of a substation's capacity they actually use.

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