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Saint-Croix wind feasibility study

A feasibility study for a wind power station at Saint-Croix is to be carried out by the canton Waadt even though town residents voted against awarding a grant to the project in a referendum (Windpower Monthly, March 2000). Senior administrative officer Jean-Claude Mermoud defends the canton's decision to carry on with the study by stressing the importance of reducing CO2 emissions in Switzerland and because wind energy is "a positive symbol of renewable energy." The people of Saint-Croix declined to make the loan because they were uncertain about the project's economics. The study will now define whether their fears were grounded, says Mermoud, according to the Swiss wind association. The study is going ahead without Saint Croix money. Its cost will be shared by the canton, the federal energy agency and the project planners. The Saint-Croix wind station would be the biggest in Switzerland. Seven turbines with a total capacity of 12 MW are planned.

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