Danish parliament agrees to upgrade Baltic energy isle to 3GW

The country’s parliament has agreed to expand the forthcoming Bornholm energy island from 2GW to 3GW, while also settling on linking the facility to Germany, costs and gains of which will be split among the two nations.
Photo: Siemens Gamesa
Photo: Siemens Gamesa

Danish energy policy ambitions regarding plans for outlying Baltic island Bornholm are now set even higher.

A broad parliamentary majority has now agreed that the planned Bornholm energy island will be extended from 2GW to 3GW, with the commissioning date for the project’s wind turbines set for 2030.

According to an official statement, Denmark and Germany have reached a political accord regarding a interconnector between the coming energy isle and the neighboring country to the south. Installing the link will enable power transmission from Bornholm to the republic’s electrical grid for domestic use and further distribution into Europe.

“The agreement reinforces the already close Danish-German energy cooperation and literally strengthens our bonds by adding another electricity connection between our countries. The Energy Island is truly a landmark in energy history and comes at a time where international cooperation is more urgent than ever before,” says Danish Minister for Climate, Energy & Utilities Dan Jørgensen in the media release.

Sharing costs

The agreement with Germany also entails that establishment costs – and gains – tied to the energy island will be equally split between the two countries.

”The cross-border energy cooperation project with Denmark is a flagship project. The green power from ”Bornholm Energy Island” will supplement national power generation and reduce our dependence on fossil energy imports. With such projects among European partners we achieve two key goals at the same time: European energy security and climate neutrality,” comments Germany Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck.

The task of settling the agreement’s details will now be undertaken in a join effort among respective Danish and German transmission system operators Energinet and 50Hertz.

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