The Anholt offshore wind power was approved in Denmark (400 MW)

The Danish Energy Authority approved the wind energy project presented by Dong Energy for the construction of the Anholt offshore wind farm, in the Kattegat Strait, between Denmark and Sweden.

The wind farm, with a total capacity of 400 MW, will consist of 111, 3.6 MW wind turbines. Its production is scheduled to begin in 2012 and, when completed in 2013, the wind farm will meet 4% of the entire national electricity demand.

To be noted that the total expected investment is 10 billion kronor (1.3 billion euros). This is a very large amount, for instance approximately 50% higher (per unit of energy produced), than the Horns Rev wind farm (209 MW), which Dong inaugurated in late 2009 off the Western coast of Denmark (currently, Horns Rev is the largest offshore wind farm operating in the world).

Though it is high, the investment is nevertheless considered "acceptable" by the Danish Authority (supported by an independent analysis conducted by Ernst & Young), based on the current market and features of the project.

"This decision will bring us another step closer towards changing Danish energy mix for the benefit of global climate and national energy security," said Lykke Friis, energy and climate minister”.