Briefly Noted … Wind Energy

– Kyoto Prefecture has installed six wind turbines in its northern town of Ine on the Sea of Japan. The facility cost 1.5 billion yen and will generate 8,500 MW, enough for 2,300 homes, which will be sold to Kansai Electric Power for annual revenue of 100 million yen to the government. The turbines were built on Mt. Taikoyama in recognition of the community’s role in the 1997 treaty on global warming. – Japan’s largest windfarm of 32.5 MW, built by trading house Tomen, has started operations using 25 Danish turbines on a 500 hectare site. Electricity will be distributed to 20,000 homes through Tohoku Electric Power. The Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry wants to boost Japan’s overall wind capacity to 3 million kilowatts in 2010, from 140,000 kW last year. – Gamesa Eolica, the wind affiliate of Spanish technology firm Gamesa, has signed a contract with Spanish wind company Explotaciones Eolicas Sierra de Utrera, to expand a windfarm in the Malaga town of Casares, currently the only wind facility in this province of the Andalucia region. Gamesa says it will increase capacity by 13.6 MW with the installation of another 16 generators, increasing total power potential to 33.4 MW at a cost of 12.5 million euros. – Horizon Energy & Power has invested US$1 million in a 19 percent stake in Swedish wind company, Renewable Energy. The deal will involve new jobs at RE’s facilities in Malmo. – Dedication ceremonies for the 100 turbine windfarm in west Texas were postponed due to heavy rains in the Abilene area. The Trent Mesa facility is owned by American Electric Power and the output is sold to TXU Energy. The dedication will be rescheduled, although no date has been selected. The turbines are 1.5 MW units. – The Spanish regional government of Valencia has received bids from 17 groups for one or more of 15 areas in its wind energy plan, estimated to involve an investment of 1.5 billion euros. The bidders include the four domestic electricity companies and foreign investors such as Germany’s Nevag and Umwelt Kontorl, Terranova Energy of the U.S. and Tomen Power of Japan. Spanish wind generator producer Gamesa and construction groups ACS and Dragados have submitted offers.
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