Denmark removes obstacles for wind development

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Two of the biggest barriers in the way of wind power development in Denmark are on their way to being dismantled. A "green majority" in parliament has decided that in future not all the members of a wind plant owner-co-operative will be required to live near the wind plant, just half of them, thus allowing utilities and townspeople to participate in a wind project. Furthermore, no longer will the size of a co-operative member's share in a wind plant be limited to the equivalent of 9000 kWh/year, or 35% more than household electricity consumption. The limit will be raised to 20,000 kWh, equivalent to an average household's total energy consumption. The decision to dismantle both these barriers resulted from a parliamentary debate on wind power on April 21. A majority in parliament also suggested a minimum price of DKK 0.60/kWh for wind power, a more streamlined process for grid connecting wind plant and an obligation on local authorities to find sites for them. The issues will now be discussed at committee level before a second hearing in parliament.

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