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Danish offshore survey is "incomplete", says Wind Denmark

"If Denmark is to be Silicon Valley for offshore wind, then it requires a strategy that has far greater ambitions," says the political director of the newly formed Wind Denmark trade body as a government survey reveals areas for up to 12.4GW of new capacity.

Vattenfall's Horns Rev 3 offshore wind project is nearing completion
Vattenfall's Horns Rev 3 offshore wind project is nearing completion

Under Denmark's energy agreement signed in summer 2018 with cross-party support, the government set out to establish which areas of Danish waters would be suitable for offshore wind development.

The review has established areas for 12.4GW for future development, but said Denmark's total offshore wind potential could accommodate 40GW.

Wind Denmark, the new trade body formed following a merger between the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA) and the Danish Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (DWTMA), said the survey was incomplete and does not allow the country to fully exploit the offshore wind potential.

The association claimed the government saw offshore wind as "a last choice" in these areas, behind military and oil- or gas-extraction interests.

"At a time when green conversion tops the population's and politicians' agenda, it is a somewhat skewed signal when the report identifies areas for wind energy based on a basic premium, which gives priority interests from defence, raw material extraction, and oil or gas, while wind energy remains a 'last pick'," said political director Martin Bøndergaard.

Modest

Wind Denmark admitted the 12.4GW was ambitious when compared to Denmark's current installed offshore wind base of 1.7GW.

However, with the growth of electrification and decarbonisation of the energy system by 2050, Denmark will need more renewable electricity capacity.

The 2018 energy agreement set out a pathway to a further 2.4GW of offshore wind capacity, in the shape of three 800MW projects to be built by 2030.

A further almost-1GW is also already in advanced stages, including the 605MW Kriegers Flak site, and the 350MW nearshore Vesterhav projects. 

"It is no use comparing 12.4GW with Denmark's total electricity consumption today, where less than one-fifth of our energy consumption is electrified.

"The whole of Europe is facing a massive electrification, and in the future ships and aviation will also be driven by wind energy," Bøndergaard said.

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