Kyushu island wind potential could be 700 MW

Kyushu Electric Power Company, which supplies the western island of Kyushu, says an internal study indicates that it could theoretically procure as much as 700 MW of wind power a year -- 75% more than its current 400 MW capacity. The finding is the result of a three year study of wind conditions on the island. The company's Kyoko Mukasa refuses to specify a timetable for realising the island's full wind energy potential or speculate on when bidding for additional wind capacity, if it does, may start. In practice, she notes, the company is only buying 190 MW as the wind plant does not generate at full power all the time.

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