Denmark has taken a significant step in its renewable energy progress by announcing its most extensive offshore wind power project to date. Aimed at generating a minimum of 6 GW, this project not only propels the nation towards its environmental goals but also solidifies its position as a premier green energy exporter. This initiative promises to elevate Denmark’s offshore wind capacity beyond 10 GW, marking a pivotal moment in its sustainable energy quest.

A Leap Towards Green Energy Independence

Lars Aagaard, the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy, and Utilities, shared his excitement over the project’s potential to transform Denmark’s energy landscape.

“Finally, we are able to publish the biggest offshore wind tender in Danish history. With hundreds of wind turbines, we are insuring ourselves against (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s black gas,” Lars Aagaard, Denmark’s climate, energy, and utilities, said in a statement.

Following a political agreement in spring 2023, the project outlines include six specific development zones: North Sea I, Kattegat, Kriegers Flak II, and Hesselø. An intriguing feature of this tender is the flexibility it offers developers to expand their projects within these areas, potentially surpassing the 6 GW mark.

Pioneering Wind Energy

Reflecting on Denmark’s trailblazing role in wind energy, the tender builds upon a legacy that began 33 years ago with the establishment of the world’s first offshore wind farm. Denmark currently boasts a 2.7 GW capacity, with plans to add another GW by 2027.

“The green power produced will be used not only for Danish consumption,” said Aagaard, “but also for export to our neighboring countries and green hydrogen production.”

Unique in its approach, this ambitious venture will proceed without state subsidies. Instead, it will depend on annual concession payments from developers. The agreement terms include a 30-year lease, with the Danish state acquiring a 20 percent interest in these wind farms. The estimated investment for each GW of capacity is around $2.3 billion.

Setting Environmental Milestones

Denmark aims to have these new wind farms operational by 2030, significantly contributing to the country’s goal of cutting carbon emissions by 70 percent from 1990 levels within the decade. This endeavor highlights Denmark’s unwavering commitment to leading Europe in green energy and achieving its environmental objectives through innovative and sustainable energy solutions.

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