Denmark and Germany agree to offshore wind link

Germany has secured a power link to a planned offshore wind hub in the Danish part of the Baltic Sea which it is hoped will reduce energy dependence on Russia, Denmark’s energy ministry said on Monday August 29th.

The planned energy hub, which will be situated on the island of Bornholm, will link several offshore wind parks in the Baltic Sea with a total generating capacity of at least 3 gigawatts, enough to power 4.5 million German households, the ministry said, although it will be 2030 before this production is in place.

The hub will be connected to Germany via a 470km power cable.

Investment and future profit will be shared equally between Germany and Denmark, according to statement

Germany’s Minister of Economy and Climate, Robert Habeck, said that “the green electricity from Bornholm Energy Island will supplement the national electricity production and reduce our dependence on importing fossil energy”.

Last year, the two countries began operating a smaller cross-border cable that also connects several wind farms in the Baltic Sea.

Bornholm Energy Island is part of Denmark’s broader plan to increase domestic offshore wind power production five-fold by 2030.