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JAPAN INITIATES FIRST MARKET PROMOTION

The Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is proposing a market stimulation programme for up to 20 MW of wind power as part of its 1995 budget request to the government. This is the first official plan to promote commercial installation of wind turbines in Japan and offers subsidies for local governments and municipalities to build their own machines. The plan provides for a 50% subsidy -- available for domestic and foreign technology -- for the design, materials, construction and installation of demonstration wind plant. It assumes each site will consist of one 200-500 kW turbine or about ten 100 kW turbines, and that two sites are built annually over the next ten years, totalling 20 sites in all. The average cost of each site is estimated to be around $4 million -- high when compared internationally, but restrictions for electricity quality control and safety are considered severe.

As part of the budget request, MITI is also asking for money for wind measurements by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation. In June MITI released a power management forecast that predicts 20 MW of wind generated power by the year 2000, and 150 MW by 2010.

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