Danish Energy Agency rejects open-door offshore wind applications

The Danish Energy Agency has received a high number of applications for new offshore wind projects in the open door scheme. It revealed that several of these applications must be rejected as they overlap with the state land reservations.

Under the open-door procedure for offshore wind, a project developer chooses the size and location of a wind farm, and the DEA must grant three permits before the project can be built. These permits are sequential: each is required for the next.

The process begins when the DEA receives an unsolicited application from a developer, which serves as a request for permission to carry out feasibility studies. The permits include: Preliminary study (Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] approval), Establishment Permit, and Permit for the Utilization of Energy (Electricity Production Permit).

In the period between the beginning of April 2022 and 20 June 2022, the Danish Energy Agency received 27 applications for the new offshore wind turbine projects.
Some of the applications included areas located in reservations for government tenders. These are applications in the following areas: Aalbæk Bay, Esbjerg, Falster, Hanstholm, Hirtshals, Stevns, Tønder and Djursland.
The law on the promotion of renewable energy states that applications can not be submitted outside tenders that completely or partially overlap with the state land reservations. Applications received in these areas must be rejected by the Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities.
The Danish Energy Agency stated that it cancels the authority hearings on the offshore wind farms at Hanstholm, Stevns and Falster.