Italy to Build 500 New Wind Plants
Nov 7, 2007 - Xinhua News Agency
Italy plans to build 500 more wind plants to become
the biggest producer of wind energy, Italian NewsAgency
ANSA reported on Tuesday.
With the help of the 500 additional plants Italy
plans to reacha 23,000 gigawatt energy production
-- ten times higher than what the country is currently
The new wind farms will make Italy the world's
biggest producerof wind energy, leapfrogging Germany
which is now producing 22,622 gigawatts.
In 2006 alone, 417 wind plants were built in Italy,
situated mainly in the southern regions of Sicily,
Puglia, Basilicata and Molise but also in the central
region of Tuscany.
Wind energy is the most lucrative type of green
energy and is attracting Italian investors such
as diversified holding companiesMoratti and De
Benedetti and big oil companies such as Garrone,
according to Corriere della Sera.
Italian energy group Enel SpA is also searching
for sites with steady wind out of Italy, in Europe.
Meanwhile, Spain's Endesa and Iberdrola are also
building plants in Basilicata and Calabria.
The biggest investor in wind plants in Italy is
the UK-based company International Power.
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