New wind association created for Andalucia

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A new wind association has been created for the region of Andalucia. The Asociación de Promotores y Productores de Energía Eólica de Andalucía (APREAN) says its 23 members represent around 90% of wind developing activity in the region. Members include wind industry leaders such as Gamesa and Energía Hidroeléctrica de Navarra, utility Endesa and DESA, the Spanish wind developing arm of Dutch utility Nuon. Other non-Spanish companies include German P&T Technology and Sersa, an offshoot of Germany's Nevag. The formation of APREAN comes soon after the launch of a new electricity infrastructure plan for the region -- Plan de Evacuación de Energias Renovables en Andalucia (PLEAN). This aims to boost installed wind capacity from the current 160 MW to 2700 MW by 2006 and a possible 4000 MW by 2010 (Windpower Monthly, March 2003). One of the association's most immediate tasks, it says, will be to respond to the regional government's attempts to fast-track grid improvements by getting wind developers and grid operator Red Eléctrica de España to negotiate connection priorities. Once negotiations start, the regional government will allow ten days for a priority list to be drawn up. If developers cannot agree, the government will intervene, imposing its own points system to establish priorities.

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