Danish onshore wind targets 'very, very difficult' to achieve

The use of onshore wind turbines in Denmark is lagging far behind the objectives and it seems increasingly difficult to realize wind projects. This is the conclusion of Camilla Holbech, head of department of renewable energy and international cooperation at the Danish industry organization Green Power Denmark. (Photo: Green Power Denmark)

“In the coming years, a huge amount of MW will have to be installed every year. We are facing a huge expansion. To achieve this, we need to install almost 500 MW per year from 2025.”
Camilla Holbech, Head of Department for Renewable Energy and International Cooperation, Green Power Denmark

Objectives and figures

To meet its 2030 targets, Green Power Denmark estimates that an average of 487 MW per year will need to be installed between now and the end of 2030.

But in reality, the figures obtained by the Danish wind energy knowledge institute VidenomVind show a completely different picture.

These figures show that 54.6 MW will be connected to the grid in 2024, while the figure for 2025 will be 115.5 MW. In other words, far from the amounts needed to achieve the goal.

In a straight line from 2024 to the end of 2030, 487 MW of onshore wind energy is needed annually to achieve the political goal of quadrupling the amount of onshore renewable energy. With the new figures from VidenOmVind, the need for expansion is brought forward in time, and to achieve the target in 2030, approximately 650 MW of onshore wind energy will be installed annually from 2026-2030.

Holbech concludes that it will be "very, very difficult" to achieve the objectives.

Source: VidenomLand

Business case

2030 is not far away and Green Power Denmark has said many times that the business case is increasingly being eroded by more and more hours of negative electricity prices, says Holbech.

She adds that it is currently not possible to include a battery in a planned wind or solar energy project because legislation prevents this. And there are lengthy procedures for handling cases.

Create a municipal fund

The municipalities want green energy and there is no shortage of requests for new wind turbines and solar cells. But the municipalities have to go through a maze of environmental bureaucracy and cumbersome planning and complaints procedures. It requires a lot of resources and can delay or stop the projects.

That is why Green Power Denmark proposes that the government establish a municipal climate fund, with the money distributed among municipalities depending on how much solar and wind energy is approved in the local plans. The individual municipality can use the extra money to finance the resources it has used to use more green energy.

“Of course there is a difference in the ability of municipalities to find space for solar cells and wind turbines. But we have a common interest in producing more renewable energy – everywhere in the country. That is why there needs to be more flexibility in the system, and then the additional financial help should better enable municipalities to create space for green electricity production. It will be a clear signal that this is a high political priority, says Kristian Jensen CEO of Green Power Denmark.

Chances

Holbech also sees opportunities regarding a 250,000 hectare forest that could be used for wind and solar energy, pointing to the recently signed green agreement to convert large areas of agricultural land in Denmark into green areas.

But then someone has to be there to do it. There are also plans to install a lot of offshore wind in Denmark by 2030, which will also require equipment and manpower.

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