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Sceptical reaction to energy plan

The headline on Denmark's new energy plan announced last month is for 30% of energy consumption to come from renewables by 2025. But despite its opening fanfare, the plan has been met with a mixture of scepticism and doubt deep within the Danish parliament. Wind power today supplies about 20% of the country's electricity, while a combination of wind, biomass and solar energy cover 15% of total energy use.

People are sceptical because, like the government's previous plan, no tangible means or methods for reaching the goal are named. The doubt is based on the government's record of failure in implementing its previous plan. Internal disagreement within the government's own ranks lies behind its focus on generalities rather than specifics.

The plan is also criticised for lack of ambition. The goals for 2025 include: reduction of the use of fossil fuel by 15%; freezing energy consumption at its current level by saving 1.25% a year; increasing the supply of renewable energy to 30%; and increased research into energy technologies. For wind power, the government wants to see "strategic planning" of further development, which has been static for the past five years, and "reform and increase the effectiveness of the support system for renewable energy."

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