Another delay to new wind power pricing structure

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Denmark's new price structure for power from existing wind turbines has been postponed yet again and will not be introduced until April 1 at the earliest. The parliamentary energy committee has asked for more time to further consider and comment on the text of the required statutory instrument, says the energy agency's Susanne Bastiansen. The statutory instrument, which should have been laid on November 1 last year, is part of Denmark's broad electricity market reform which reduces payments for power produced by about 2000 of Denmark's older and smaller wind turbines from an average of DKK 0.60/kWh to DKK 0.43/kWh. Newer turbines retain the higher rate, which in some cases will be more than they received previously from their local electricity company. The DKK 0.60/kWh will be paid for ten years, also to new wind turbines which replace old units. Owners of existing turbines rated at 100 kW or less can replace it with a new turbine of up to three times the old machine's capacity and receive DKK 0.60/kWh for power produced by the new turbine during its first 12,000 full load hours of operation. Owners of turbines rated at 100-150 kW can receive the same rate for replacement turbines up to double their old machine's capacity.

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