Last Sunday, the Danish finance ministry stopped the planned sale of Ørsted's distribution system operator (DSO), Radius. This occurs after a sequence of political developments that ended with the Social Democratic Party – after longer deliberations, many billable, costly consultancy hours regarding the sales process and then spurred on by one bidder in particular – decided that the grid distributor constituted critical infrastructure and thus should be kept within Danish ownership.
The decision sent the center-right Danish government into a fire and brimstone tirade. Among others, Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, who during a parliamentary hearing among party leaders gave Social Democratic leader Mette Frederiksen the third degree, demanding answers on how Ørsted would now be able to finance its green energy developments.
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