Denmark to Invite Bids for Offshore Wind in Plan to Double Share

Denmark will invite bids this year to build 1,500 megawatts of offshore wind as it seeks to almost double the share of energy it gets from the resource by 2020.

Tenders will be for two large farms and smaller projects in as many as eight areas closer to the shore delivering power by 2020, the Danish Wind Industry Association said in a statement.

Developing offshore wind power is key to a March 22 accord between the ruling and opposition parties to cut greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use. The deal aims to replace half of the nation’s coal demand with renewables and increase the share of wind power to 50 percent, from 28 percent last year.

The country had 4,162 megawatts of wind power installed as of December, according to the Danish Energy Agency’s website.

Bidding will start with the 400-megawatt Horns Rev-3 farm and 600-megawatt Kriegers Flak site, to be connected to the grid in January 2017 and July 2018, respectively. Smaller farms will produce a total 500 megawatts, the association said yesterday.

Dong Energy A/S, Denmark’s biggest utility, is building the country’s largest offshore farm at Anholt, with output seen in the first half at 400 megawatts, 4 percent of national demand.

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