A joint venture project to assess the wind resource in Vietnam is being undertaken by Quebec consulting firm GPCo Inc, New York's AWS Truewind and the Energy Conservation Research & Development Center of Vietnam. The project, funded through a grant from the World Bank, started in January and aims to screen the country for promising commercial scale wind sites and install meteorological towers to produce investment-grade data for future wind projects. To date, three sites in coastal and interior highland areas have been selected with the aid of wind maps created by AWS Truewind. GPCo, which is coordinating the overall project, is working with local partners to install the meteorological masts. The project is part of an effort by Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade to accelerate wind development. Vietnam is believed to have some of the best wind resources in mainland Southeast Asia, particularly along parts of its 3200 kilometre coastline. While several wind projects are under development, no megawatt-scale plants have yet been built. "The data we collect will help the government of Vietnam better valuate and publicise its wind energy potential and ultimately help solidify the foundations for a vibrant national wind industry," says GPCo's Vadim Belotserkovsky.