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SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 4, 2001 - FM96/PINA Nius Online)---The Fiji Electricity Authority hopes to be using the wind to generate electricity by the middle of 2002.

If all goes according to plan, the Sigatoka, Rakiraki and Nabouwalu areas will be the first areas to be supplied with electricity from wind turbines set up in what are being called wind farms.

In the lead up to the introduction of wind power, the Ministry of Energy has been carrying out extensive research.

Fiji Electricity Authority chairperson Joe Mar said consumers will benefit greatly because the running costs will be drastically reduced. The wind is free, he said.

New Caledonia, to the west of Fiji, already makes use of wind farms to generate power.

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