An assessment of the wind resource in the province of Vasa states there is an immediate wind energy potential of 45 MW, rising by 31 MW if the the grid is strengthened. The study was carried out by Ekono Energy for regional utility Vasa Elektriska AB, reports the Finnish Windpower Association in its newsletter, Vindögat. The study was paid for by the Finnish ministry of trade and industry, HIM, which has set a target of 100 MW of wind power by the year 2005. Not only the raw resource, but access to roads, the grid and other factors were taken into account by the study which also excluded all areas used for recreation, weekend homes and military activity. The best locations have an annual mean wind speed of 6.5 m/s. The 45 MW of sites immediately available are spread over 26 sites for two to three 600 kW turbines each. Only three sites were identified for larger plant of six to seven turbines. If the grid is stengthened, the capacity can be marginally increased for some of these locations, while another five areas would be opened up.