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Denmark Installs World?s Largest Offshore Wind Farm


Denmark has opened the world's biggest offshore wind farm on the Oresund, the stretch of water across which Copenhagen faces Sweden. The 20 turbines have a combined capacity of 40 megawatts, enough electricity to supply about 30,000 homes, and are funded through a combination of public and private ownership; 10 are public, and the other 10 owned by several thousand shareholders, who can view their turbines and monitor performance on the wind farm website. Greenpeace is a shareholder, having bought shares to equal the electricity consumption of their Copenhagen office.


The project capitalizes on legislation passed by the Danish parliament last year to promote renewable energy, at the same time as liberalizing the energy market, and paves the way for a batch of larger wind farms, planned to generate 150 MW each.
Location: Denmark
Action: Economic/Business
Setting: Developed World
Extent of Action: National
Issues: Environment, Resources, Conservation
Year(s): 2001
Outcome in progress
Source: : ?The Ecologist? July/August 2001, Vol 31, #6


www.middelgrund.com, www.middelgrunden.dk/MG_UK/index,
Also see ?Middlegrunden ? the Beauty in the Wind? book that is available in both Danish and English (ISBN87-988408-0-04). The book can be ordered at www.spok.dk/fotobog/html.
Prepared By: SL 11/01
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