Arag—n approves another 72 MW

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The regional government of Arag—n has approved five new wind plant, with a total combined capacity of 72.6 MW. The developer, Parque E—lico Arag—n, is a joint venture between the regional government's department of industry (20%) and Spain's largest utility, Endesa (80%) via its two affiliates, MADE Sistemas Eléctricos and Energ’as Renovables SA. Three plant will go up in the municipalities of Escucha and Cuevas de Almuden in Teruel province, and the other two are destined for Calatayud and Sestrica in Zaragoza province. Overall investment is forecast at ESP 10,200 million (EUR 61.2 million). All 110 turbines are expected to be up and running between August 2001 and February 2002. Each project will have an installed capacity of 14.52 MW, comprising 22, 660 kW MADE AE-45/1 turbines. The manufacturer, MADE Technologias, is a subsidiary of Endesa. The regional government expects each of the Teruel plant to generate up to 38,000 MWh/year and the Zaragoza plants to produce 34,500 MWh/year. Arag—n is -- together with Navarra, Castilla Le—n (Old Castile) and Galicia-one of the few regions in Spain where wind power remains relatively free of overbearing political and environmental restraints. This is largely thanks to the low density of its population, of which 60% is concentrated in the region's capital, Zaragoza. Arag—n currently has a total installed wind generating capacity of 208 MW, which is about 6% of the region's total electricity demand. The region plans to install 720 MW of wind by 2005, requiring an estimated investment of EUR 108,000 million.

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