Positive votes under the Tuscan sun

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For the second time in as many months, citizens of a Tuscan town have voted in favour of wind power. Eighty-eight percent of those voting in the town of Monteverdi said yes to a wind plant when they went to the polls on April 29, while 73.4% of those having the right to vote did so. The plant, to be constructed by Danish-Italian group AP Consult Italia, was initially expected to have a rated capacity of about 12 MW, although that may be raised to 20 MW. The positive vote follows an earlier one in March when citizens of another Tuscan town, Montescudaio, also voted in favour of a wind farm. The going is not always so smooth for the wind industry in Tuscany. Early this year, the town of Volterra blocked potential projects while others elsewhere in the region have met resistance, due to local concerns about their effect on the region's beautiful surroundings. Currently, Tuscany has 20 MW in installed wind capacity.

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