Aarhus becomes the world’s first ‘WindMade’ local authority

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Arhus is Denmark’s 2nd largest city and the  financial centre of the Central Denmark Region. The city has a catchment area of 1.2 million people within a one-hour travel range and is well connected to Copenhagen and Hamburg.

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By Hans Christian Bugge, September 20, 2013

The City Council has resolved that at least 25% of electricity used in the area must come from wind power, making it the first ‘WindMade’ local authority in the world

The move will cost the City of Aarhus up to DKK 1.375 million to ensure that at least 25% of its electricity comes from wind turbines. That’s equal to paying 1% more per kWh. The funds will come from the authority’s own budgets.

The resolution means that Aarhus takes another step closer to CO2 neutrality by 2030 and is expected to boost demand for wind turbines, creating new local jobs.

To ensure that the electricity comes from wind turbines, the council is buying ‘RECS´ certificates’. These guarantee that electricity comes from wind turbines, and are what the extra cost of up to DKK 1.375 million will go to.

The city’s Procurement Department will be issuing an invitation to tender for supply of the RECS certificates.

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