While wind development has been met with disfavour by some citizens on the northern island of Hokkaido (above story), it also has its supporters. Local citizens in Sapporo town last month founded the "Hokkaido Green Fund" to further the introduction of wind energy on the island. Members volunteer to pay a 5% premium on their power bills directly to the local utility, Hokkaido Electricity Power Co. The local average monthly electricity bill is ¥8,000 (EUR 72). The group hopes to secure enough money to build wind power plant in co-operation with the utility or public organisations and thus receive government subsidies. The organisation has 600 members and hopes to have 850 by the end of the year. Interest in the fund from other citizen groups in the country has been strong.