Renewable energy—Denmark—Q&A guide

The following Energy practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Renewable energy—Denmark—Q&A guide
  • 1. Who are the principal government participants in the electricity sector? What roles do they perform in relation to renewable energy?
  • 2. Who are the principal private participants in the electricity sector? What roles do they serve in relation to renewable energy?
  • 3. Is there any legal definition of what constitutes ‘renewable energy’ or ‘clean power’ (or their equivalents) in your jurisdiction?
  • 4. What is the legal and regulatory framework applicable to developing, financing, operating and selling power and ‘environmental attributes’ from renewable energy projects?
  • 5. Can environmental attributes be stripped and sold separately?
  • 6. Does the government offer incentives to promote the development of renewable energy projects? In addition, has the government established policies that also promote renewable energy?
  • 7. Are renewable energy policies and incentives generally established at the national level, or are they established by states or other political subdivisions?
  • 8. What mechanisms are available to facilitate the purchase of renewable power by private companies?
  • 9. Describe any notable pending or anticipated legislative proposals regarding renewable energy in your jurisdiction.
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Renewable energy—Denmark—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to renewable energy in Denmark published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: February 2021).

Authors: Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith—Klint Klingberg-Jensen; Martin Juste; Malene C. H. Frederiksen

1. Who are the principal government participants in the electricity sector? What roles do they perform in relation to renewable energy?

The principal government participants in the electricity sector in Denmark are the following:

The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities

The Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities is responsible for administrating the laws within energy supply and utilisation in Denmark. The Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities consists of five government agencies, including the Danish Energy Agency, and three government institutions, including Energinet, the Danish Utility Regulator and the Council on Climate Change. The administration of energy and supply in Denmark is to a great extent delegated to the Danish Energy Agency and Energinet.

The Danish Energy Agency

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) was established in 1976 and monitors and develops energy and supply sectors in Denmark, as well as Danish efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Among other things, DEA issues licences and permissions to the production of electricity and administrates several subsidies schemes.

The Danish Utility Regulator

The Danish Utility Regulator (DUR) was established on 1 July 2018 where it replaced the former Danish Energy Regulatory Authority.

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