Briefly Noted … Wind Energy

Spanish wind company stalls windfarm in Argentina; British wind company to challenge military opposition to turbines; Nordex reports profit; windfarm planned for Finland.

– The economic crisis in Argentina has prompted Spanish wind company Gamesa to suspend construction of a windfarm in the southern region of that country, and to transfer the project to Brazil. The US$8 million facility was to be installed in Chubut province, but Gamesa will wait for an economic improvement before building in Argentina. – Wind company Ecogen of Britain has received court permission to challenge a government move to stop it from building an onshore windfarm in northern England. The company faced objections to the 80 MW facility because it would be near a military area, and is one of several windfarms opposed by the Ministry of Defence because towers may interfere with radar systems. Ecogen hopes to resolve the government objections before a court hearing next year. – Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex says sales increased 31 percent to Euro 354.3 million in the fiscal year to September, while before-tax profits rose 7 percent to Euro 14.1 million. It blames high costs for slowing profit growth but says it increased domestic market share from 8.7 to more than 10 percent. – The Swiss-Swedish company ABB and Finnish steel group Rautaruukki Oyj will study the establishment of a windfarm in Raahe, Finland. Preliminary plans are for five to seven turbines, with total capacity of 8 to 12 MW. – Gamesa Eolica, the wind energy subsidiary of the Spanish aeronautic construction group, will expand two windfarms in La Rioja and Burgos. A total of 48 new turbines will be installed. – Montana Power Co will buy 150 MW of wind power from Montana Wind Harness, a windfarm developer, with the wind capacity spread among three sites in the state and construction starting next year with completion by 2003. Montana Power will buy the wind power for 20 years at a cost of less than 3.2¢/kWh. – Texas will expand its wind energy portfolio this month with the completion of the Llano Estacano Wind Ranch near White Deer. Xcel Energy is purchasing the power from the 80 MW facility for the next 15 years. – The Michigan city of Mackinaw has commissioned two wind turbines that generate enough electricity for 700 homes. The turbines are owned by Bay Windpower and the power will be sold through Consumers Energy’s green power program. – The Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing by Enron should not affect construction of two windfarms in Hawaii, according to Enron Wind, which says success of the 10 and 20 MW facilities depends more on the U.S. Congress extending the production tax credit for wind. Enron had been trying for some time to sell its wind subsidiary, but the price is expected to fall because of Enron’s need for cash. Enron wants to raise US$6 billion through the sale of its water unit Azurix and Enron Wind. – The first wind generating station on the island of Sicily has been opened at Carlentini by Erga, the division of the Italian electricity group Enel. – Residents near Boston harbour are watching a 150 foot wind turbine nearing completion on the edge of the harbour. The turbine, owned by Hull Municipal Light, is the largest commercial windmill on the east coast of the U.S. and will generate enough power for Hull’s streetlights.
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