Danes confirm Kriegers Flak delay

DENMARK: The Danish authorities have confirmed that they will delay the construction of the 600MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm by two years.

Sweden is also planning to construct a project alongside the Danish site
Sweden is also planning to construct a project alongside the Danish site

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The government had previously confirmed its plan to push the project back to 2021 as a result of negotiations to cut the public service obligation (PSO) levies on consumers' electricity bills.

But since the government does not have a majority in the parliament, it needed to get the assent of the opposition parties, which it has now done.

A construction permit was due to be awarded by the end of 2015, but this will now be delayed in order to hold back the increase of the overall subsidies paid to offshore wind projects.

In another move aimed at holding back the cost of renewable energy development, the planned nearshore tender has been reduced from 450MW to 350MW.

And because projects closer to the shore are expected to be less expensive to build than projects further offshore, the nearshore tender is now subject to a cap for of an average maximum price of DKK 0.70 (EUR 0.09) per kilowatt hour.

Offers above the cap will be subject to "political acceptance", said the Department of Energy

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