Although wind turbines stand closer in Denmark than any other country, more carbon dioxide is still emitted per head of population than almost anywhere else. The 95% of electricity production not met by wind power comes mainly from coal fired power stations. For this reason the government last month announced a stop on all future development of coal fired plant. The announcement halted a planned 88 MW CHP plant for Denmark's second largest city, Aarhus, to have been fired 25% by coal and 75% from biomass. The political decision is the forerunner of a massive future development of wind power in the utility sector, particularly offshore. Both the Elkraft and Elsam utility groups are warming to offshore wind, lured on by the high prices currently available for electricity on the Norwegian and Swedish power exchanges.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol