Some of the major organisations in Britain's wind industry have taken part in a trade mission to New Zealand. The nine-strong team visited both Auckland and Wellington during March 13-17. In a week packed with presentations, visits and seminars they met government ministers and officials, utility representatives and bankers. The aim of the mission was to push the benefits of wind energy and promote British expertise in the field. Mission leader, John Buckley from Britain's Department of Trade and Industry, compared conditions faced by Britain's wind developers with those facing the emerging New Zealand wind industry. "Within the UK, development is taking place at some highly testing wind farm sites with high annual average wind speeds and rugged terrain," he said. "Conditions there are in many respects similar to those experienced at prospective wind farm sites in New Zealand. The UK experience with the most recent technology means that high reliability has been achieved and almost all projects have been financed by major blue chip investors and banks." The trade mission comprised manufacturers Wind Energy Group, Markham and Carter Technology; developers National Wind Power, Renewable Energy Systems and Windforce Turbines; consultants Garrad Hassan and Partners and the DTI's renewable energy arm, the Energy Technology Support Unite.
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