DTU Wind Energy are favourably disposed towards the energy agreement

Tuesday 31 Jul 18

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Deputy Head of Department of Wind Energy, Peter Hjuler Jensen, notes that the Danish Parliament is reunified at the energy area as all parties have signed the energy agreement. “This is very, very positive and a historic milestone”, he says.

On June 29 the government announced that a new agreement at the energy area had been signed – with the entire parliament behind the agreement. The agreement evokes positive thoughts from Peter Hjuler Jensen, Deputy Head of Department at DTU Wind Energy.

 

“All parties being part of the agreement is very, very positive. This is one aspect of many that make this energy agreement really good. Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s an unanimous parliament came up with new energy policies, too. This has been part of placing Denmark in the top when it comes to wind energy”, Peter Hjuler Jensen explains.

 

Offshore wind turbine farms

The energy agreement includes an expectation on offshore wind to produce green electricity at market conditions without any public funding and consequently three offshore wind farms are to be put out to tender. The first offshore wind farm is going to be put out to tender no later than 2020. This wind farm is expected to produce 800MW. The two other wind farms are to follow suit by 2021 and 2023 as the three wind farms are to be completed by 2030. DTU Wind Energy is looking at this with pleasure:

“We are welcoming the initiative of establishing three offshore wind farms. A result is going to be a larger production of green energy as well as position us as the absolute elite at the energy area”, Peter Hjuler Jensen says. However, he sees a fly in the ointment:

“A bit of uncertainty has occurred the two wind farms concerned. The parties expect the establishment of the wind farms without any funding. We see an importance of addressing the uncertainty by emphasizing that the Parliament wishes to realise the wind farms and are going to look into the market requests for funding when the time for the tenders of the wind farms is getting closer.

 

Focusing at the research

The public means for research, development and demonstration of energy technology is going to increase with the agreement, thus by 2020 the amount will be DKK 580m. The amount is going to be allocated with DKK 500m for the EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program and DKK 80m for Innovation Fund Denmark.

 

Peter Hjuler Jensen is delighted: ”The increased international competition puts larger and larger demands to the efficiency of the research in order to increase the competitiveness of the Danish industry. Thus, it is good to see the prioritisation of the energy field of the politicians, for the benefit of the long-term employment, competitiveness and the increase of the ambitions of creating energy supply in Denmark which is based on renewable energy”.