Spring in the air at EU summit leads to rapid agreement  

By Troels Werner Christensen, 25. March 2009

Last week the EU leaders concluded their summit with concrete decisions on energy projects and the EU’s line in negotiations over the global climate agreement in Copenhagen in December.

Ministers had already reached agreement on the contribution which infrastructure could make to the financial rescue plan. Included on the list are three projects (out of over 30) with Danish participation:

• grid infrastructure to the marine farm area at Krigers Flak
• grid infrastructure to the marine farm area in the North Sea
• the Skanled gas pipeline.

In the Danish plan for the future location of marine wind energy, 4x200 MW are scheduled for Krigers Flak in the Baltic and up to 10x200 MW in the North Sea. The project at the marine area of Krigers Flak also counts Sweden, Poland and Germany as participants, and it is estimated that the countries will be able to place up to 1800 MW of wind energy there (power consumption for some 2 million households). 

The role of these large infrastructure projects will not just be to transfer power from the wind farms to the coasts but also to interconnect the four countries’ electricity grids and thus make better use of the countries’ different resources.

In the list of infrastructure investments a link between Sweden and the Baltic States (Estlink 2) has also been mentioned, and this will have an indirect effect on the Danish system via the common Nordic electricity market.

In addition the EU leaders have allocated support to a number of CCS projects, which will capture CO2 from fossil fuel power plants.

The proposals must also be debated in the European Parliament, but if all goes to plan, a final decision can be taken before the summer holidays. 

At their press conference, ministers also confirmed the EU’s willingness to reach global climate agreement in Copenhagen in December, and promised support to developing countries regarding financing. More detailed conclusions will be presented at the press conference later today, but they are expected to reflect the Commission’s recommendations in the report ‘Towards a Comprehensive Climate Change Agreement in Copenhagen’.


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