Briefly Noted … Wind Energy

Jordan to solicit international firms to build windfarms in the country; Iberdrola confirms that it will delay an increase in capital for its renewable venture Energia Hidroelectrica de Navarra; Gamesa Energia signs with bank for the financing of 300 MW of windfarms; Netherlands wants to raise share of wind energy in total power generation from 1 percent to 5 percent by 2020.

– The Jordanian government will receive offers from international firms that want to build windfarms in various parts of the country. Three stations will be built in the Hofa area of Irbid, Fujeij area of Shobak and Wadi Araba near Aqaba, each with capacity of 25 to 30 MW each, at a total cost of US$300 million. The cost to import energy is equal to 10 percent of Jordan’s GDP. – Iberdrola SA has confirmed that it will delay an increase in capital planned for Energia Hidroelectrica de Navarra, the renewable energy group of which it owns 37 percent. The increase will make EHN one of the largest renewable energy companies in the world, with a value of euro 3.3 billion. EHN is owned 38 percent by Sociedad de Desarrollo de Navarra, 15 percent by Cementos Portland and 10 percent by savings bank Caja Navarra. – Gamesa Energia of Spain has signed a draft agreement with the Banesto bank for the financing of 300 MW of new windfarms. The company will invest Euro 270 million and says its total installed generating capacity will be 1,800 MW by 2004. – The Netherlands wants to raise the share of wind energy in total power generation from 1 percent to 5 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In August 2001, the country had 1,318 turbines with total capacity of 478 MW which, under the ‘Blow’ program for wind capacity, should increase to 1,500 MW by 2010 and to 3,000 MW by 2020. The program will space the turbines over the 12 provinces, for both onshore and offshore facilities. Construction of 70 turbines off the coast of the province of Noord-Holland, with total capacity of 100 MW, has started. – A prediction that two-thirds of Europe’s electricity could come from offshore wind energy by 2020 was made at a conference in Brussels. “The resource is there; the technology is proven; the costs continue to drop; all that is needed is the political will to see it happen,” says Eddie O’Connor of the Irish renewable energy company, Eirtricity, which is planning one of the largest windfarms in Europe.

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