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25 April 2016
Reaction of stakeholders
On March 31 2016 the government launched the Energy Commission, a body intended to prepare recommendations for the objectives and direction of Danish energy policy from 2020 to 2030. The commission will contribute to Denmark's aim of meeting its international obligations on climate change in a cost-effective and market-based manner. It is expected to publish its recommendations on Danish energy policy in early 2017.
In recent decades, Danish energy policies have supported the transition towards renewable energy. At the same time, the energy sector has been liberalised and energy companies are now market based.
In October 2014 EU member states agreed a new 2030 climate and energy framework, which will contribute to the future of Danish energy policy. The government wants to examine the consequences of the framework for Danish energy and climate policy and how Denmark can influence progress in the European Union in this regard.
The Energy Commission comprises nine members from academia and industry with expertise in areas such as energy sector financing, competitive markets and future energy systems. The members are:
The Energy Commission's overall task is to analyse and assess trends in the energy sector and make recommendations for a cost-effective Danish energy policy for the period 2020 to 2030. The recommendations must not affect state finances or increase socio-economic costs.
The commission was established to contribute to the government's aim that Denmark maintains its position as one of the leading countries in the transition towards renewable energy. The long-term goal is that Denmark will no longer be dependent on fossil fuels by 2050.
The Energy Commission will examine the following themes:
Potential barriers for developing innovative technology and systems must be identified. Further, the commission must assess whether and how future research can benefit from focusing more on power, growth, employment and exports, as well as how to ensure that private companies participate more in funding.
The launch and focus of the Energy Commission have received mixed reactions. Many have welcomed the commission and its focus on a market-based and cost-effective approach. Stakeholders hope that the commission can contribute to the creation of a technologically sound direction for energy policy that results in less insecurity for investments in the energy sector.
However, critics fear that the focus on cost efficiency may slow the transition towards renewable energy and hurt Denmark's position as a pioneer in the energy technology field.
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