GE Says “Ciao” to Italian Wind Energy Market

General Electric has worked in Italy’s energy sector for a while now, and should become a part of the wind energy market by the end of 2004. Enel Spa, the largest electric utility in Italy, has signed an agreement with GE Energy to purchase 71 of the company’s 1.5 MW wind turbines during the next two years.

Rome Italy – June 21, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] At least two planned projects will install some of the turbines. The Littigheddu project in Sardinia, scheduled for 2004, will get 38 of the turbines. This should make Littigheddu one of the largest single installations of wind turbines in Italy. Five wind turbines will re-power the existing Collarmele project in Abruzzo, which is scheduled for 2005. The new turbines will replace some of the smaller and older wind turbines at the project. The remaining 28 wind turbines will be assigned to additional future projects. The Italian government is supporting the development of renewable energy as part of the country’s commitment to the Kyoto Protocol and the EU goal of producing 22 percent of Europe’s electricity from renewable energy sources by 2010. Much of that power is expected to come from wind energy. According to a recent survey published by the German Wind Energy Institute, Italy is one of five important future markets for wind energy development. By the end of 2003, Italy had 922 MW of installed wind energy capacity, with a target of more than 2,400 MW by the end of 2008. “We are pleased to be working with Enel to help increase Italy’s supply of wind-generated power,” said Steve Zwolinski, CEO of GE Energy’s wind operations. “GE’s existing support system in Italy provides added benefit for our Italian customers.” GE Energy has a well-established service network in Italy that will provide service support for GE-installed wind turbine projects. This service organization supports several GE business units in the country including GE Energy’s oil and gas group, which has its global headquarters in Florence. GE is active the country’s strategic industries including energy, medical equipment, transportation and financial services.

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