‘Energipolitikken mødes af kritik’,
published in Berlinske Tidende on 5th February 2002.
Energy policy is met by criticism
By LouiseWendt Jensen
Reactions: Interested organisations and research institutes from the whole world rage about the change in direction of Danish energy policy and bombard Danish politicians with letters.
“The news that support for research into Danish sustainable energy will be drastically cut will have damaging effects”.
That is the conclusion, for example, in an open letter sent yesterday by the Director of the Energy Research Centre at Massey University, New Zealand, to the Minister for Industry, Bendt Bendtsen (K), Prime Minister Anders Foch Rasmussen (V), Finance Minister Thor Pedersen (V), and the chairman of the Energy Policy Committee, Aase D. Madsen (DF).
This letter follows many other international reactions to the Government’s new energy policy course.
“Yesterday alone, when I opened my mail I had received more than ten letters on the subject. There are many organisations around the world that are reacting, but it is difficult to see how serious these approaches are”, says Aase D. Madsen.
The international criticisms do not make her doubt the Government’s energy policy, which receives 100% support from the Dansk Folkeparti [Danish People’s Party].
“But with the very expensive drive for sustainable energy that we have in Denmark, I see no other option than that we are allowed a breathing space without all other countries, that have not even begun in the area, starting to shout. Let them make some wind turbines and pay the excess price that we have paid. Our economy can not continue to have Danish consumers annually paying DKK six billion on sustainable energy”, thinks Aase D. Madsen.
She points out that the aim of the electricity reform was that in 2003, 20 percent of Denmark’s energy demand would be covered by sustainable energy, but in a few years the figure will reach 27 percent. For this reason she thinks it completely legitimate that Denmark takes a pause. At the same time she would like to see the support for wind electricity totally removed when the electricity reform runs out in 2003.
“I would rather take away the large subsidies that are given to environmentally friendly electricity. The wind turbine manufacturers themselves say that they are more and more productive, so therefore they aught to be able to look after themselves in free competition”, says Aase D. Madsen.
Yesterday it was not possible to get comments on the international reaction
from the Minister for Industry Bendt Bendtsen, who is also responsible
for the energy area.