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Largest independent energy company doubles renewables aim

France's largest independent electricity and gas supplier, Poweo, is aiming to produce 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2012, requiring 1200 MW of renewable generation from wind, biomass, hydro and solar power, which the company says it "will take all possible steps" to achieve. Poweo's previous target for 2012 was 600 MW, of which 400 MW was to be wind generated. It has a long way to go. The company recently upped its operational capacity from 14 MW to 42 MW with the purchase of 24 MW at Louville-la-Chenard in the Eure-et-Loir département and 4 MW at Luc-sur-Orbieu in the Aude. It also has two 12 MW projects under construction on the Plateau de Langres and at Is-en-Bassigny in the Haute-Marne département. Repower and Vestas are each supplying six 2 MW turbines. The projects were developed by Espace Eolien Développement, a local developer and consultancy which Poweo bought last year.

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