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Hungarian newcomer Eurowind arouses interest

Newcomer to the scene at Hamburg was Eurowind from Hungary, founded in May 2003. It made much of its new status as an EU member and aroused interest in its plans to find an international partner for turbine manufacture to supply what it hopes will be a steady national project pipeline. Discussions were advanced enough with NEG Micon to merit a full page spread on the Danish company in company literature. Since NEG Micon's merger with Vestas, new discussions have begun, but GE Wind is also interested, according to Zelma Balogh, marketing manager at Eurowind Hungary. She said a turbine production plant is being built and should be ready in August to produce 1.5 MW machines. The company further reported that its project development division has permits for projects totalling 20-30 turbines this year and in future hopes to install about 100 machines in Hungary annually. Current legislation allows payments for wind power of about EUR 0.09/kWh in peak periods and about EUR 0.07/kWh in low demand periods to 2010. Expected new legislation should fix a tariff for a period of ten years.

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