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Support for cross border wind farm

Political support has recently been expressed by both Germany and Denmark for a large cross-border wind station, on the agenda since 1994 but still being discussed. Schleswig-Holstein energy minister Claus Möller and his Danish colleague Svend Auken are in favour of the project, which would comprise 30, 1 MW turbines in Sophiental in the Danish parish of Tinglev and another 30 in the district of Schleswig-Flensburg. A holding company has been set up and European Union funds applied for. However a major obstacle is proving to be who will buy the electricity and at what price. If the power is fed into the German grid, the Electricity Feed Law requires payment of DEM 0.172/ kWh, at current rates. In Denmark only DKK 0.50/kWh (DEM 0.13/kWh) is payable. There are also problems related to feeding into a high voltage line, Möller admits.

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