Rush to the north has developers squabbling over sites

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Continuing the trend of a small boom in wind development in Sweden's sparsely populated north, independent developers Svevind and Skellefteå Power are squabbling over a site in the low mountainous area of Blaiken in northern Västerbotten province. Both companies want to build around 100 turbines in the Blaiken area, but the local grid can only handle one of the projects. Skellefteå Power expects to complete a round of community meetings and environmental impact work for its plant in April, but Svevind has not given up. It says it has made overtures to Skellefteå about working in partnership to develop the site. Blaiken is an area identified with good wind speeds in the recent re-mapping of the Swedish wind resource. But while the area is sparsely populated, it is a protected nature reserve as well as a reindeer feeding ground. The land is state-owned and it is up to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency to decide if the area can be used for wind generation. The agency has yet to set a precedent on how to handle the question of two wind developers vying for the same piece of land.

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