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Denmark to tender 9 GW this year

The Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities, Lars Aagaard, has announced plans to tender a total of 9 GW of offshore wind this year in an effort to boost offshore wind deployment fivefold by 2030.

The 9 GW that the government will start putting out to tender this year includes, among others, Energiø Bornholm, Hesselø and a further 5 GW offshore wind projects. The power generated is expected to meet the demands of 9 million Danish and European household and support Danish PtX projects.

Aagaard said:"It is my ambition that the tender process can be started in 2023, which of course assumes that the process with the conciliation circle enables the ambitious schedule.

"The government will spend the next few weeks leading up to the negotiations investigating whether and how we should give the installers more freedom to build as much offshore wind as possible on the areas we have already designated. This could potentially mean that there will be significantly more offshore wind than the agreed 9 GW, "
continued the Climate, Energy and Utilities Minister.

"In addition to negotiating the 9 GW of offshore wind, we also have to decide in the spring how the energy island in the North Sea is to be put out to tender. So although I am very aware that the situation with the open-door applications here and now creates uncertainty for the actors, the signal from this is that the government is focused on securing more new offshore wind as soon as possible."

The Danish government aims to issue tenders in the areas using a process called "overplanting", which it claims can lead to more offshore wind being installed on the areas already selected. The selected locations for the government tenders do not overlap with the areas to which market players have applied for access under the open door scheme.

The 9 GW will be issued via government tenders and is separate to projects that have applied under the open door scheme. The scheme was suspended earlier this month due to concerns that the granting of permits for offshore wind turbine projects and other renewable energy projects under the open-door scheme may be in breach of EU law.

Minster Aagaard has since confirmed that that the government and the authorities are working to ensure that there is a quick clarification on whether offshore wind turbine projects and other renewable energy projects under the open door scheme are in breach of EU law.  

"We must have a quick clarification on the open door applications, and that is our top priority here and now. The situation is untenable for the actors, and therefore there is a dialogue with the EU Commission at all levels. But in addition to that , we must also look at what we can do to increase the expansion of offshore wind via government tenders.

"That is why I will call for negotiations next month on the framework for us to start putting the construction of 9 GW of offshore wind out to tender this year. It can fivefold our capacity of offshore wind, and the ambition is for the turbines to be spinning by 2030 at the latest, " added Minister Aagaard.

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