The training wheels are off – now to raise the bar

Energy in 2019: Although renewable energy saw many victories in 2019, with the first Danish zero-subsidy wind turbines being established under the radar, there were also movements in the other direction.

Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

A week prior to Christmas, four wind turbines entered operation at the Port of Hirtshals, Denmark. The event didn't draw any noteworthy attention, despite the fact that they were practically the only turbines installed this year, and also the country's first zero-subsidy wind turbines.

That the inauguration of completely subsidy-free turbines can happen without much more than a shrug highlights certain aspects of the developments seen in 2019. From being considered to be state-aid-sucking humbug in some circles, renewable energy, as well as the acknowledgment of its competitiveness, have become certain bets for any politician this year.

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