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Danish MPs agree 6.8 GW offshore wind hike by 2030

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22 Jun 2020 08:37

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Oslo

22 Jun 2020 08:37

(Montel) Danish offshore wind capacity would increase by 6.8 GW in the next decade under a plan approved by a majority of parties in the country's parliament on Sunday.

Two “energy islands”, one in the North Sea (3 GW) and another in the Baltic Sea (2 GW), would help Denmark reach its target of cutting CO2 emissions by 70% from 1990 levels by 2030, according to a government statement on Monday.

The 5 GW plan from energy islands would be in addition to an 800-1,000 MW offshore wind farm named Thor already set to come online by 2024, and another 1 GW farm due to come online in 2027.

It is more ambitious than the government’s original proposal from May to establish 4 GW through such islands by 2030.

Currently, the country has an installed wind power capacity of just over 6 GW, of which 1.7 GW is located offshore.

Sunday’s agreement also includes plans to spend DKK 3.9bn (EUR 523m) on carbon capture and storage by 2030, and it backs hydrogen production as a way to increase the amount of renewable electricity in the system.

Denmark will also see the 600 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm coming online next year, while two near shore wind farms (350 MW) should come online in 2023.

(EUR 1 = DKK 7.46)

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