Pressure to unblock market

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Not a single wind turbine has been sold on the Danish market since January 1. Insecurity over the conditions for sale of wind power in the country's postponed wind market reform, which has delayed the start of green credit trading (Windpower Monthly, February 2000), is scaring off investment in new turbines. Vestas, NEG Micon, Bonus, Nordex and Wincon all confirm that the only turbines being erected so far this year were sold before January 1.

The Danish wind turbine owners association (DV) and Wind Turbine Owners Energy Company (DV-Energi), a green credit sales company formed by DV, are now lobbying to hasten the introduction of a green credit trading market before its planned start of January 2002. First, the price of a green credit must be politically set. Meanwhile, DV has dropped plans to sue the Danish government for breach of contract in not going ahead with the green credit market this year as announced (Windpower Monthly, April 2000).

The hiatus on the domestic market should not influence orders of Denmark's third largest export item, insiders say. The timing is just bad. "This is a dumb signal to send at the moment when all prognoses refer to the growing potential for exports," says Karl Gustav Nielsen of Vestas, adding that a transition market could have avoided the current situation.

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