Large-scale Danish wind farm clears EU hurdle

Large-scale Danish wind farm clears EU hurdle

Plans for the construction of a large-scale Danish wind farm have been given a boost after the European Commission confirmed proposals were in line with competition and environmental goals.

Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner in charge of competition policy confirmed that the Kriegers Flak wind farm will reduce Denmark’s carbon footprint without distorting the market.

Vestager said: “The Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm will help to cut carbon dioxide emissions while the support is carefully designed to avoid distorting competition in electricity markets.

“I’m glad to be able to approve state support for this project.”

The wind farm will become the Scandinavian country’s largest offshore wind farm, providing 600MW of renewable energy.

Kriegers Flak’s peak capacity is large enough to supply electricity to 600,000 homes, nearly a quarter of all average households in the country.

State-owned Swedish company Vattenfall won the tender to develop the wind farm in late 2016 with a bid of US$54.10 per MWh, making the project one of the cheapest offshore wind projects in the world.

In 2012 the Danish Parliament voted to develop an economy entirely independent from carbon-based energy sources by 2040.