Local co-ownership opens 1.8GW in historical Danish NIMBY stronghold

A broad democratic majority in southern Denmark’s Tønder Municipality has reversed its past opposition on renewables and is now open to establishment of 125 wind turbines and 1,500 hectares of solar. Project developers must, however, accept demands going ”far beyond” green power legislation, says committee chair.

After many years shunning new renewable energy installation, Tønder has now turned a new, green concern, however also placing new demands on developers wanting to participate. | Photo: Borgerlisten

If the origin point of Danish opposition to wind energy were to be set geographically, southern Denmark’s Tønder Municipality would be a suitable candidate.

After a decade with no new onshore wind turbines installed in the municipality – which throughout the 1990s was in fact a pioneering area of the nation’s wind expansion – Tønder launched a plan in 2014 to open 19 new wind farm sites. This plan triggered local opposition so fierce that the number of facilities was cut down to 12 in the following year, only to be entirely scrapped a few months later. A mere two projects survived.

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