Think-tank on gravy train to Asia

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An organisation calling itself the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO), is choosing some exotic locations for its research projects, though the results shed little new light on wind power's progress. CICERO, a think-tank set up by the Norwegian government at the University of Oslo in 1990, has so far picked on India and China for a matched pair of wind power reports: "Institutional dynamics and barriers in wind energy development, a case study of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, India" and "Wind energy technology development and diffusion, a case study of Inner Mongolia, China". The reports are notable for their statements of the obvious. The two Indian states are of interest, CICERO states, because, during the mid-to-late nineties, both saw a boom in wind farm development followed by a "steady decline." Inner Mongolia, by contrast, achieved "marked success not only in HWG [household wind generation} diffusion, but also in wind farm development," notwithstanding "important technological, economic and institutional barriers." CICERO's research charter embraces issues such as "global climate and regional effects É sustainable energy use and production and optimal environmental and resource management."

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