The Danish government has agreed to expand the national test centres for wind turbines in Denmark by creating four additional test sites. The agreement aims to protect Denmark’s strong position within advanced production of wind technology.
With the new agreement, there will be added four new test sites to Denmark’s two national wind turbine test centres in Østerild and Høvsøre in the north-west of Jutland. It will also be possible to develop and test taller wind turbines. The centres will house 16 test sites where more advanced technology and new types of wind turbines will be explored.
Minister of Business and Industry Brian Mikkelsen states:
– I am glad that we signed this broad political agreement as it supports Denmark as a competitive, advanced country within the production of wind energy. It gives us the opportunity to test new technologies while we strengthen the growth of green energy for the benefit of our society.
Østerild will get two new test sites facing south, bringing the centre’s number of test sites to nine in total, while Høvsøre will get an additional test site facing north and another facing south, making it seven test sites in total. Taller wind turbines at a hight of 330 metres at Østerild and 200 metres at Høvsøre will also be established.
The Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt explains:
– The test sites are essential to the Danish wind industry ‘s development of products and, in turn, the security of the industry’s leading position which is a necessity if the newest and most effective wind turbines are to be developed within our country’s borders. The sites also support the government’s goal for Denmark to be the leading country in the world where wind power does not need support. The test sites contribute to the development of more effective wind turbines that help to reach the government’s objective of having at least 50 percent of the Danish energy consumption be covered by renewable energy in 2030.
The parties behind the agreement simultaneously agreed to plant 1.5 times as large an area of forest to replace the estimated area for necessary timber felling– a total area of approximately 95 hectares.
Minister for the Environment and Food of Denmark, Esben Lunde Larsen says:
– The test centre strengthens Denmark’s position as a ‘wind nation’, and, when all comes to all, we will obtain larger areas of forest with a higher value in regards to nature. For each hectare of conifer-plantation cut down in Thy, we will erect 1.5 hectares of wood to replace it. The largest possible part of the ‘replacement-forest’ will be erected in Thy for the benefit and joy of the local citizens.
The agreement consists of acquisition and expropriation of properties and a smaller number of wind turbines in the area. In order to limit the extent of acquisition and expropriation, the plan places emphasis on reducing the height of the wind turbines farthest away.
The neighbours to the test centres can apply for loss of value after a law related to the furtherance of renewable energy. In addition, Danish parties have agreed to a voluntary option of acquisition for citizens within 1,500 metres of the new wind turbines in Østerild and 900 metres from the wind turbines in Høvsøre.
On the basis of environmental impact assessments and estimations of consequences to habitats, there will be tabled an amendment about the expansion of the test centres in the parliamentary year of 2017/2018 in preparation for the instalment of the new wind turbines in 2019.