Green power producers see red over price cuts

Danish wind, biogas interests react angrily to government's energy liberalisation moves

Danish renewable power industries reacted angrily this week to government steps to liberalise the energy market. The moves affect premiums paid for electricity generated by wind and by biogas from agricultural and industrial waste.

The latest step in the liberalisation process was taken on Wednesday. Economic affairs minister Bendt Bendtsen submitted a legislative proposal to cut maximum producer payments for new wind turbines from DKr0.60 (€0.08) per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity to DKr0.38 from the New Year. The wind industry fears that investment will dry up if the bill becomes law.

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