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Denmark Invites Bidding for 450 Megawatts of Offshore Wind Sites

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Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Denmark will invite bidding to build 450 megawatts of offshore wind parks at six sites as the country seeks to replace coal-fired plants with renewables.

The offshore turbines will generate enough power for half a million homes when operational by 2020, the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building said today in a statement.

Offshore wind is a key part of an agreement the government and opposition parties signed March 22 to replace half of the nation’s coal use with renewable sources over the next eight years. They also agreed to increase the share of wind power to 50 percent of total generation from 28.2 percent last year.

Citizens will be able to buy stakes of as much as 20 percent in the projects and local companies will also be encouraged to buy shares, according to the statement.

Sites at Bornholm, Smaalandsfarvandet, Sejeroe Bugt, Saeby, Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord have been selected. Turbines will be installed at least 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from land.

An extra 50 megawatts of wind power will be allocated for testing new offshore turbines, with producers receiving 0.70 kroner (12 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour. That allocation will be separate from the broader bidding, according to the statement.

To contact the reporter responsible for this story: Sally Bakewell in London at Sbakewell1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net