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Denmark and Germany to increase amount of tradeable electricity

Staff Writer |
Trade barriers are being relaxed to allow Nordic electricity producers greater access to the German market.

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For a number of years now, there has been a cap on the amount of electricity that could be sold across the Danish-German border.

This has meant that even though Nordic producers were at times able to produce cheaper power than their German competitors, they were unable to gain access to the German market to sell it.

Negotiations have been underway for a year on a gradual expansion of capacity between Jutland and Germany, and these have resulted in an agreement between the Danish energy minister and his German counterpart.

The deal has been concluded because of the special circumstances prevailing in northern Germany, where the electricity grid has not been able to keep pace with the increased availability of renewable energy.

It should act as a stop-gap measure until German grid expansion allows a total opening up of cross-border trade.

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