Denmark designates zones for 12.4 GW of new offshore wind

Renewables Now | April 29, 2019

A study commissioned by the Danish government has identified good locations for 12.4 GW of additional offshore wind capacity, it was announced on Friday. According to a statement by Denmark’s Energy, Utilities and Climate Ministry, the designated zones could accommodate between 12 and 15 wind farms, depending on their size. The study has found that the country has the potential to add at least 40 GW of offshore wind capacity. Commenting on the findings, Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, said that Denmark boasts such good conditions for offshore wind that it can help cover the need for green electricity in many other countries, not just at home. He also stressed on the fact that future offshore wind plans would not involve subsidies, saying “the North Sea must be developed into a global leading area for offshore wind, where we do not support the turbines.

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