Fears of growing public resistance to further wind turbine installations have led to the establishment this month of a National Bureau for Wind Energy in the Netherlands. The bureau has been founded on the initiative of the Organisation for Sustainable Energy and is supported by some utilities, by EnergieNed (the power distribution companies association), and by Pawex, an organisation representing the interests of private wind turbine owners. Financial support has been provided by government agency Novem. The bureau is to act as an information source for the general public as well as for local councils faced with the job of granting planning permits to wind projects. With two employees, the aim of the bureau is to speed the process of wind development in the Netherlands.
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