On Wednesday 28 January, the Danish newspaper Børsen is indicating that we are threatening to cut power supply in the article 'DONG: Threat of power failure if power stations are closed'. Naturally, this is not the case.
We are aware of our responsibility and the important role that our power stations have in society. Naturally, we are not threatening to cut power supply. We have a good and constructive dialogue with Energinet.dk on the future of the power stations and their role in the Danish energy system. We are contributing in a constructive way to the work that Energinet.dk has initiated to address this issue and which involves a wide range of stakeholders.
Throughout Europe, a green conversion of energy systems is taking place in these years. This is necessary if we as energy sector are to embrace our share of the responsibility of reducing the CO2 emission. The power stations have been assigned a new role as the electricity markets have become gradually more international, and there is now more renewable energy in our system. They must be the flexible co-player for wind turbines, which are able to take over swiftly when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining, and they must be able to reduce production just as quickly to a minimum when solar and wind power can meet the demand for electricity. And then at the same time, they must be able to supply district heating for many Danish households.
In Denmark, to a large extent, we have succeeded in getting the power stations to interact with solar and wind power to ensure stability and reliability of supply. The power stations play an important role as adjustable and flexible units which can step in whenever required. At the same time, we will replace coal with sustainable biomass and in doing so, the power stations will be part of the green conversion. Therefore, we are also convinced that our power stations have an important role to play in the future electricity market, and that we will continue to be able to provide the reliability of supply which is crucial for the Danish society.