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Apartments go for offshore wind
1 October 1999
Danish housing associations representing 13,000 apartments in Herning, Ikast, Holstebro and Brabrand on the Jutland peninsula have applied to the Danish Energy Agency to receive electricity generated from ten large offshore wind plant-when and if eventual offshore development makes it possible. The combined consumption of the associations is 78 million kWh a year. The energy agency has approved in principle a total of 790 MW of offshore wind projects in Danish waters; all of them await detailed environmental impact statements. A 20 turbine, 40 MW project on the "Middelgrunden" sand bank near Copenhagen in the Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden, is the furthest along. It will choose a turbine supplier before January. Seven Danish and foreign wind turbine manufacturers are vying to supply machines in the 1.65-2.5 MW size range. The budget for the DKK 350 million project was recently adjusted when the developer, Middelgrundens Vindmøllelaug (MV), discovered the turbines would be 10% cheaper than expected, says Jens Larsen of MV. So far, 47% of the 40,500 co-operative investment shares needed for the project have been sold, Larsen says. The project's environmental impact statement-its last hurdle-was delivered to the Danish Energy Agency September 20. A decision is expected this month.
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