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A full size wind turbine installed in the heart of Brussels was the centrepiece of the European Wind Day in mid June. At 62 events in 22 countries, Europeans were able to learn about and demonstrate their support for wind energy. Events included wind farm open days, political discussions, competitions, races and exhibitions.

In Brussels, the day's festivities ended with free admission to a street party with live DJs and a light show. "We need to make big changes," said EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs as he launched the event. "Today we see that the technology is there and we can master whatever is necessary to achieve climate change and security of supply goals. We should be ambitious...and wind is one of the best ways. It is important that each citizen understand why we are doing this and why it is necessary." The wind day was organised by the European Wind Energy Association.

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