New Projects, Renewables, Wind

DONG Energy, EnBW to Build First Unsubsidized European Offshore Wind Farms

By Editors of Power Engineering

For the first time, offshore wind projects are set to be constructed in Europe without the help of government subsidies.

Two projects from DONG Energy, the 240-MW OWP West and the 240-MW Borkum Riffgrund West 2, were awarded the rights to build in the German North sea at a bid price of zero dollars per MWh, the company announced.

EnBW also won a no-subsidy bid for the 900-MW He Dreiht project during the same auction.

The New York Times noted the winning bids without subsidies are an industry first.

“Offshore wind is categorically proving its competitiveness,” Jochen Homann, president of the Bundesnetzagentur, the Geman agency that held the auction, said in a statement. “This is good news for all electricity consumers who contribute to funding renewable energy.”

DONG was awarded a third project, the 110-MW Gode Wind 3, at a subsidized bid price of $64 per MW/h during the auction.