Denmark moves to strengthen renewable energy goals

DENMARK: The government has announced plans in its new energy policy to require at least 50% of its energy needs to come from renewable sources by 2030.

Danish wind capacity covered 43.4% of the country's total electricity consumption in 2017
Danish wind capacity covered 43.4% of the country's total electricity consumption in 2017

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First published on Ends Europe

The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate also unveiled proposals to phase out coal for electricity production by 2030.

Under the proposals, the Danish government will aim to promote stronger competition among all energy technologies in order to achieve lower prices for consumers.

The government plans to invest DKK 15 billion (€2 billion) to implement its energy policy and DKK 4.2 billion (€560 million) out of this will help to ensure the continued development of a number of renewable energy technologies, including wind power.

The funds will be allocated during the period 2020-2024.

The ministry set out plans to "harmonise and simplify" its subsidy system for renewable energy technologies. Denmark currently has 35 different types of subsidies and under new plans, these will reduce to between four and six.

The average level of direct support for subsidies is expected to go from around DKK 0.22/kWh (€0.029/kWh) to DKK 0.10/kWh (€0.013/kWh).

The government has also proposed an "ambitious" green reform to "relax" energy taxes for the heating and electricity markets.

Pernille Skipper, a political spokeswoman from eco-socialist party Red-Green Alliance, criticised the planned levy.

"At a time, where we urgently need to speed up the green transition, the draft strategy, as proposed by the Danish government, will allocate more money on reducing taxes than on building an energy system based on renewables."

She also said the ambition from the government was not sufficient enough and made a promise that Red-Green Alliance would do their "utmost to change this in the coming negotiations, so Denmark can regain its position as a true champion for combating climate change".

First published on Ends Europe

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