By Stine Grenaa Jensen, 25. March 2009
At the ongoing EU summit in Brussels, heads of state and government have decided to give a EUR 5 bn boost to a number of energy projects.
- This decision by the heads of state and government is very welcome. The reordering of energy consumption in a more sustainable direction and the enhancement of supply security require more renewable energy and a greater number of improved transnational electricity and gas lines. Yesterday’s decision marks a new step along this road, says Danish Energy Association’s Chief Consultant, Jesper Koch.
The new EU energy initiatives include support for a Danish/Swedish/German marine wind farm at Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea, an expanded and enhanced electricity transport grid in the North Sea (North Sea Grid), and the Skanled Project, which will convey gas from Norway via Denmark and Sweden to Poland. In addition the EU leaders have allocated support to a number of CCS projects, which are able to capture CO2 from fossil fuel power plants.
A looming dilemma
Later in the year the EU will make further grants for CCS and innovative energy technologies (earmarked funds from the Quota Directive). Here Denmark may end up in a dilemma.
- The fact is that there is a high risk that a small country like Denmark is unlikely to receive money for more than one major project. Denmark has the best locations for both innovative RE projects and CCS projects, but we may be forced to choose between the two, Jesper Koch says.
- It is vital for Danish interests that the EU designates Denmark as one of the 11 test areas for CCS technology, which is able to make fossil fuel energy consumption climate-friendly, Jesper Koch says.
- Danish power stations are the most efficient in Europe. At our stations we have the ability to use both coal and biomass – a combination which in conjunction with CCS means that we can not only neutralise CO2 emissions from power stations but even extract further tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and pump it underground. In other words, an option which is more CO2 friendly than even the best RE technologies.
- The Danish Energy Association urges the Danish government to put pressure on the Commission to ensure that we are included as a test country.