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Sweden's long awaited wind rush has finally taken off. Energy agency Nutek, which a year ago expressed concern that subsidies available to wind would not all be used for the period ending July 1, 1996, now expects them to run out ahead of time. "When we get applications for groups of 500 kW turbines there is no doubt that all the funds will be used," says Nutek's Hans Olsson. Sweden introduced an extra environment bonus for wind power last July and many new plans quickly unfolded. Most of them, however, stuck fast or were turned down at regional level by planning authorities. Now some of these applications are finally clearing planning obstacles and projects are going ahead on Näsudden, in Grönhögen, and in other areas where wind power is already accepted by local residents and authorities.

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