Denmark wants to head Europe’s new smart grid

Denmark should take a lead position in developing a new pan-European electricity grid, says the Danish government.

In the coming years, most of Europe's energy sector must adapt to a power production based on renewable energy, and by then a vital element will be missing: a common power grid, writes

After the summer holidays, Denmark’s Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard, will initiate the foundation of a pan-European grid, when he invites the governments of, among others, Germany, Poland, England and France to negotiations about a common grid. The ambition is to construct a grid in the coming 5 to 10 years.

- A green energy system is not possible without an integrated power market and a greater linking between the countries. Today, Northern Europe produces a lot of renewable energy. But if the green transition is to succeed, a common grid is a fundamental factor, says Martin Lidegaard.

Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland already have a Nordic power exchange, facilitating easy trade and distribution of power. The common power exchange ensures better use of green power and increase the energy supply reliability. The Danish government aims to extend these benefits throughout Europe and see Denmark as a central player because Denmark links Scandinavia and continental Europe, and because Denmark is leading within the development of smart grid.

Read the full article here (IN DANISH)

For more information on smart grid, download Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster’s report "Denmark: A European smart grid hub".