A four-fold increase in production from new and planned onshore and offshore wind farms could make the Åland Islands into a net exporter of electricity within five years, says a report by the provincial government. Sixteen wind turbines in Åland with a combined capacity of 23 MW meet 7% of electricity demand today, says Sven Anders Erikkson of local utility Kraftnät Åland. "If all the planned projects are realised, Åland will have 40 wind turbines by 2012 or 2014," he says, with a combined capacity of 60-80 MW. To accommodate the increase, the local grid is being expanded and construction of an electricity cable connecting Åland to the Finnish mainland near Turku is planned.
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