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Denmark Delays Start of 1,000 Megawatts Wind Power by One Year

The Danish government plans to push back power production from two offshore wind farms with a joint capacity of 1,000 megawatts by one year to 2018.

The 600-megawatt Kriegers Flak and 400-megawatt Horns Rev projects will still start full output by 2020, according to a document posted today on the website of the Danish ministry of climate and energy.

Offshore wind is a key component in an agreement between government and opposition parties, signed March 22, to replace 50 percent of coal use with renewable energy sources over the next eight years and boost the share of wind power to 50 percent of total generation from 28.2 percent last year. Tenders for the two projects will be announced in 2013 to 2015.

Denmark currently has four offshore wind farms at Horns Rev and Roedsand, with capacities from 160 megawatts to 209 megawatts. Denmark’s biggest utility Dong Energy A/S is constructing a fifth farm at Anholt, which is due to start this year with full 400-megawatt output in the first half of 2013.

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