Danish model for offshore wind park approvals recommended to the EU  

2005.11.01
Civil servants from nine EU countries are recommending the Danish model for approval, tendering, planning and construction of offshore wind parks as a future model for a shared EU policy for offshore wind parks

Civil servants from nine EU countries with Germany, Great Britain, Holland and Denmark as prime movers, have agreed on a shared recommendation to the Council of the European Union to use the Danish model for approval, tendering, planning and construction of offshore wind parks as a future model for a shared EU policy for offshore wind parks. The recommendation was made by 80 civil servants from EU countries last week at a political conference in Copenhagen.

Denmark has the world's largest production of power from offshore wind turbines, despite the fact that subsidies in Denmark are much lower than in countries such as Germany. The political conditions for constructing offshore wind turbines are highly beneficial in Denmark.

Bjarne Lundager Jensen, director of the Danish Wind Industry Association comments: "Denmark has a system where the Danish Energy Agency handles all approvals and planning of offshore wind parks. It is a great advantage to know exactly who you are dealing with". In countries like Germany and UK, approvals have to be obtained from a large number of authorities.

The recommendation of using the Danish model for future EU policy has put considerable attention on Denmark's leading position in wind power, Bjarne Lundager Jensen says. The news was reported by national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

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