Denmark’s Energy Minister Rasmus Petersen Plans To Scrap New Windpark Projects, Citing High Electricity Costs!

The high costs of wind power apparently are getting to be too much to take for even the wind-turbine-hugging Danes!

Denmark’s online Borsen here quotes the country’s famous Jyllands-Posten concerning the souring acceptance of wind parks in the Nordic country and the growing discontent with regards to the astronomical wind power prices.

Hat-tip: a reader by e-mail.

According to the reports, Danish Climate and Energy Minister Rasmus Petersen “plans to scrap future offshore Wind Power projects” and wants “the price reduced for electric power produced at off-shore wind parks. Otherwise, the minister is ready to drop future projects.”

According to the Jyllands-Posten, the minister said:

“I am unhappy that the price of power from the Anholt offshore wind farm is so high. I think paying 1.05 kroner per kilowatt-hour (kWh) is too much,” he told the newspaper.”

Borse writes:

New projects can be dropped.

The current market price for electricity is DKK 0.25. This means that the Anholt offshore wind farm is costing companies and Danish electricity customers 1.3 billion DKK in green electricity charges annually.

The Minister thus told Jyllands-Posten that he is ready to drop the two large-scale offshore wind turbine projects Horns Rev 3 and Krieger’s Flak with a total capacity of 1000 MW.

In comparison, the Anholt offshore wind farm produces has a capacity of 400 MW and is the largest Danish offshore wind farm.”


5 responses to “Denmark’s Energy Minister Rasmus Petersen Plans To Scrap New Windpark Projects, Citing High Electricity Costs!”

  1. Curious George

    These numbers indicate that the power produced is an equivalent of 170 days a year at 400 MW – a 46.5% utilization, a surprisingly good result. Are future maintenance costs are included in the DKK 1.05 price, or will it grow?

  2. DirkH

    7.4 DKK = 1 EUR
    5.4 DKK = 1 USD

  3. Graeme No.3

    Curious George:
    That capacity factor is rather good even for an off shore farm, particularly as those in the UK seem to run around 35-37%.

    I am sceptical that the wind is so reliable, and I recall those stories from Spain of solar PV output being “boosted” so the panels “produced” at midnight.

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  5. Tim Channon

    Month ago I commented to do with the withdrawal of a company from an offshore array extension where I noticed the company is Danish government owned. They appear to be in fiscal trouble.

    I wonder if there is a connection?

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