Offshore Wind Licensing in Denmark

Birgitte Egelund Olsen, Bent Ole Gram Mortensen

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This chapter highlights Danish offshore wind development from the world’s first offshore wind farm built in 1991 to the implementation of advanced transmission solutions at sea, called ‘energy islands’ and the Esbjerg Declaration from 2022 setting the joint target of delivering at least 65 GW offshore wind power by 2030. The chapter suggests that politically binding decisions that have for years determined Danish energy policy plans have proved pivotal to offshore wind energy initiatives for which long-term continuity is key. Moreover, they have ensured stability in the energy policy development and, created a climate of trust for investments in renewable energy. Furthermore, the chapter illustrates the important role of Danish authorities, in particular, the Energy Agency, which serves as a one-stop shop ensuring a relatively fast process, and the transmission system operator (TSO), Energinet, which is a key stakeholder in the development of large-scale offshore wind energy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOffshore Wind Licensing
EditorsIgnacio Herrera Anchustegui, Tina Soliman Hunter
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication date8 Mar 2024
ISBN (Print)978 1 80088 626 1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2024


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