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Windtech International May June 2024 issue

 

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In connection with the adoption of the new marine plan, the Danish government has decided that no new areas will be allocated for commercial project applications in the open door - scheme. The marine plan lays out about 30 per cent of the sea area for renewable energy and all together this could lead to 18GW of offshore wind.
 
So far, six open door projects have been assessed as approved to be granted permission under the existing scheme. In addition, the government will work to adjust the scheme so that the three projects that have already been laid out in the marine plan can proceed within the framework of EU regulations. These three projects are Kadet Banke, Paludan Flak and Vikinge Banke. Together, the nine projects can provide the opportunity for 3.6GW of new offshore wind. This also means that the remaining applications in the open door scheme will end up being rejected.
 
Andreas Karhula Lauridsen, head of offshore wind at European Energy believes that the decision made by the government regarding the Open Door projects is very unfortunate. The Open Door scheme could have ensured subsidy-free renewable energy for Denmark and green jobs in the local municipalities that were involved in the projects. The decision goes against the Open Door scheme, which was revised last year with full support from all parties in the Folketing (Danish Parliament). The Open Door scheme could have ensured subsidy-free renewable energy for Denmark and green jobs in the local municipalities that were involved in the projects. Europe Energy has been working for two years on offshore wind projects based on the open door scheme with the municipalities of Stevns, Guldborgsund, Frederikshavn, Hjørring, Lolland, and Tønder. These projects will now be rejected.
 
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