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Danish wind must respond to 'public momentum'

OPINION: Following the merger of two major lobby groups, and ahead of a general election, Denmark's wind industry is in a strong position to continue growing, writes Jan Hylleberg.

The Danish wind industry is ideally placed to continue growing, writes Wind Denmark CEO Jan Hylleberg
The Danish wind industry is ideally placed to continue growing, writes Wind Denmark CEO Jan Hylleberg

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Consolidation in all shapes and forms is very much the tendency in the national and global wind sector, as competition increases and global footprint, company size, and standardisation become more and more important.

The focus on LCOE is as strong as ever, but the need for increasing the value of wind is also of grave significance.

In Denmark, we have succeeded quite well in fitting large amounts of wind in the power grids compared to other countries.

Therefore, we are most probably the first country that faces the challenges of expanding the large, and fluctuating amounts of wind energy to other sectors.

Denmark’s abundant wind resources far supersede our needs as a country even after the expansion of electricity use in other sectors.

"I expect that Denmark will get a new climate law before the end of the year and that the ambitions for especially offshore wind in Denmark will be increased"

— Jan Hylleberg, CEO, Wind Denmark

In fact, Denmark can become a powerhouse for major parts of Europe, if the ambitions aired by the Danish politicians are followed through and the ambition of a Silicon Valley for offshore wind in the North Sea truly holds.

The two known associations, Danish Wind Industry Association and Association of Danish Wind Turbine Owners, have joined together and formed a new wind group called Wind Denmark in order to handle the opportunities in the Danish market and to face the challenges facing the wind sector, its many companies, and wind turbine owners.

Wind Denmark represents the entire Danish wind sector, having 3,100 members, both companies, turbine owners, and private individuals.

Wind Denmark is also the voice of the wind sector’s 33,000 employees and 30,000 turbine owners.

As an overall vision, Wind Denmark will make sure that wind energy is the backbone of the Danish energy system going forward.

Green elections in Denmark

As the rest of Europe, the Danes recently voted for the European Parliament election.

In many countries, climate was a deciding factor for many voters, boosting pro-climate and pro-Europe parties and weakening EU-sceptic parties and parties with a somewhat weaker stance on climate.

On 5 June, the Danes will once again find themselves at the polling stations, as we will be voting for the Danish parliament election.

Climate is the most dominating topic amongst voters and all established parties on the ballots have a clear stance on climate.

This is very positive and a clear signal especially from the young generation of voters.

Regardless of who will take the reins as the leading party in Denmark, I expect that Denmark will get a new climate law before the end of the year and that the ambitions for especially offshore wind in Denmark will be increased.

These are indeed exciting times and as a sector we must respond with the technological solutions to accompany the green momentum in the public.

Jan Hylleberg is CEO of Wind Denmark, the newly formed trade body

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