Denmark plans big offshore wind farms

500 new turbines to add 75% to Danish wind power capacity, help to cut CO2 emissions

Danish environment minister Svend Auken today fired the starting gun for a massive investment in offshore wind power generation. He announced that 500 turbines are to be built off the Danish coast by 2008. With a total capacity of 750MW, the new turbines will increase Denmark's wind power capacity by three-quarters. The turbines are to be built under an agreement with Danish energy utilities following the success of two demonstration wind farms built in the early 1990s. Last year, the government announced a plan to install 5,500MW of wind power capacity by 2030, accounting for half of the country's electricity consumption, but landscape and environmental impacts preclude the building of such large capacity on land. The plan announced today is expected to contribute nearly a fifth of the country's objective of a 20% cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 20%. Mr Auken made his announcement at a press conference in Washington D.C. organised by environmental group the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to launch a new report on global warming. Entitled: "The State of the Climate: A Time For Action," the report was launched simultaneously in several European cities.

Follow Up:
Danish environment ministry, tel: +45 33 92 7600; World Wide Fund for Nature, tel: +41 22 364 9560.

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