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Social Democrats call for more offshore wind in Denmark

Thu 14 Mar 2019 by David Foxwell

Social Democrats call for more offshore wind in Denmark
Mette Frederiksen: “Denmark needs to build two more 800 MW offshore windfarms, in addition to three already approved”

Denmark’s Social Democratic Party has called for two large offshore windfarms to be constructed, in addition to three mandated in the country’s 2018 Energy Agreement.

Social Democratic Party leader Mette Frederiksen said the windfarms should be of at least 800 MW each and enter into operation by 2030.

The Social Democratic Party would like to see all of the country’s electricity consumption coming from green sources by 2030. In 2017, wind turbines accounted for 44% of electricity consumption in Denmark. They also want Denmark to finish with fossil fuels by 2045. The government’s target is 2050.

Ms Frederiksen highlighted the fact Apple, Facebook and Google are expected to build large data centres in Denmark, which would add to electricity demand.

As highlighted by OWJ, at the end of February 2019 all of the political parties in the country agreed on a target of three more offshore windfarms in Denmark by 2030.

Denmark’s next offshore windfarm is to be built not in the Baltic but in the North Sea, off the country’s west coast after a conciliation group behind the country’s Energy Agreement decided the 800-MW windfarm, to be called Thor, will be offered for tender in 2019. Thor is due to come online between 2024 and 2027.

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