Norwegian utility Nord-Trøndelags Elverk is planning a 15 MW wind farm of ten turbines in Vikna, north of Trondheim. Officials have apparently been pleased with the output and operation of its existing 2.2 MW wind farm of Vestas turbines at the site on top of a steep coastal mountain. The availability has been 95% and the plant has produced more energy than expected in the rainy area. A specially developed lightning protection system has reportedly helped the turbines survive several strikes. Meantime, utility Varanger Kraft, also in the far north, has started to explore options for making communities in the area self sufficient in electricity using wind power. The utility plans to test two wind turbines in 1998 for the area, populated with some 26,000 people. If the machines work well in the Arctic climate, the utility plans to install some 75 turbines during coming years.