Andalucia region aims for 4000 MW by 2010

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The autonomous government -- or Junta -- of Andalucia is aiming at a total installed wind capacity of 2700 MW by 2006 and will study the possibility of pushing this up to 4000 MW by 2010. Currently the region has less than 200 MW of wind power turning, the vast bulk in the small and wind-pioneering district of Tarifa. The new objective was revealed in the Junta's presentation of its long awaited energy plan for 2001-2010, the so-called Plan Energetico de Andalucia (PLEAN). Its emphasis is on electricity and gas infrastructure improvements to help bring Andalucia to energy self-sufficiency. Currently, Andalucia is over 30% reliant on primary energy imports and also has one of the worst regional electricity grids in Spain, keeping the lid on thousands of megawatts of wind projects, especially for the coastal provinces of Cadiz, Malaga, Granada and Almeria. PLEAN's overall investment requirement is estimated at EUR 6012 million, most of which will come from the private sector, though the plan hopes to conjure up EUR 342 million in regional and state subsidies. PLEAN's commitment to wind is underlined by its 15% renewable energy objective for 2010. Similarly, the plan commits the Junta to drawing up a renewable energy promotion law combined with an energy technology research centre. Only a parliamentary motion can now halt PLEAN's enforcement.

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