Seven wind planners join forces

Seven of the longest established wind energy planning offices in Germany have joined forces to form a wind station operating company named Wind 7 ag. The public limited company hopes the joint venture will strengthen its ability to facilitate wind energy development, says Dirk Jesaitis of Wind 7 ag, which operates from the Eckernförde technology and ecology centre. With wind turbines now up to 2.5 MW in size, the project investment can easily reach DEM 50 million-a sum too large for small private initiatives, he explains. The planned purchase of Wind 7 ag's first wind station has been postponed until early next year due to the uncertain state of the renewable energy feed-in tariff law. "As long as the government cannot come up with satisfactory legislation, Wind 7 ag does not want to make promises to potential shareholders which it may not be able to keep," Jesaitis says. The company had planned to build a number of wind stations across the country using turbines from various manufacturers. This plan will have to wait until the new law has been passed, he says. Wind 7 ag already operates over 1000 turbines in Germany and is now planning projects abroad, with talks proceeding with the Moscow centre for energy policy for a project in Russia and plans for 30 MW of wind in Poland as a Joint Implementation venture, one of the mechanisms for reduction of CO2 emissions in developing countries. The members of Wind 7 ag are: Planungsburo Jesaitis in Eckernförde, Mitteldeutsches Windenergie Planungsburo in Oldenburg, NEVAG in Wiesbaden, Ostwind Betrieb in Bockwitz, EAB Projektbau in Freiberg, Umweltkontor in Huckelhoven and Okostrom Handel in Hamburg.