Germany's RWE drawn to Italy's wind regime

ESSEN, Germany, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The wind regime in Italy provides an attractive environment to expand the onshore wind energy sector, Germany energy company RWE said.

RWE's renewable energy division RWE Innogy announced it commissioned a second onshore wind farm near the coastal town of Temoli in southern Italy.


The 13 turbines designated for the wind farm will provide enough energy to meet the demands of more than 18,000 households in the region.

Fritz Vahrenholt, board director for the German energy company, said Italy "offers great potential" when it comes to renewable energy projects.

"We are concentrating in particular on wind and biomass as energy sources," he added in a statement.

A wind farm was commissioned during the summer and construction started on a separate installation in the Basilicata region in November.

RWE said that Italy by the end of 2009 was host to 4.8 gigawatts of wind energy and Rome aims to increase that capacity to 8 GW by 2020.

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