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Another brake on new market

It could take six to seven years for this year's political agreement on 150 MW of new wind power in Denmark to become a reality. A cross-party parliamentary majority in February agreed that 75 MW of additional capacity is to be installed on land in 2010 and 2011, part of a goal for a further 500 MW of wind power, including offshore projects and re-powering of old projects on land. But in a subsequent deal struck by environment minister Troels Lund Poulsen with the umbrella organisation for Denmark's regional authorities, the basis of the 150 MW agreement does not have to be in place until December 31, 2011. Only then can objections to the plan be heard and, if necessary, decided in court. Once that consultation phase is complete, the regional authorities may go ahead with detailed local zoning plans, which then have to be approved by the relevant authority's executive committee. Only when these stages are complete can wind turbines be ordered. But with current delivery times, machines will not be available until 2015. The procedure has been called "unacceptable and unreasonable" by Asbjørn Bjerre, director of Denmark's wind turbine owners association.

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