Wind Power Expanding In Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Wind Power Expanding In Iceland

Published August 29, 2013

National power company Landsvirkjun signed an agreement with two engineering firms to raise more windmills in Iceland. At the same time, a new Capacent poll shows wind power to be a very popular idea amongst Icelanders.
Vísir reports that Landsvirkjun signed deals with engineering consulting firms Mannvit and Efla to get their assistance with raising more windmills in Iceland. Hörður Arnarson, the director of Landsvirkjun, told reporters that he believes wind power could be a third significant source of energy for Iceland, after hydropower and geothermal power.
“Yes, we’re very pleased with our experience so far,” he added. “It’s also nice to see what a good reaction wind power has gotten from the public.”
Here he refers to a new Capacent poll which showed that about 80% of Icelanders are in favour of raising more windmills in Iceland for the power grid.
Last December, Landsvirkjun raised two windmills in south Iceland, producing a combined total of 2 MW of power. While Hörður does not believe wind power will reduce power costs in the near future, he said that Landsvirkjun’s next step will be to see how many more windmills they can construct in the same south Iceland location.

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