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US secretary of the interior visits offshore wind farm

09.12.2009

Just hours after arriving Copenhagen, US secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar visited the Middelgrunden Offshore Wind Farm.The small high-level delegation also counted US ambassador to Denmark, Laura Fulbright. 

The visit to Middelgrunden Offshore Wind Farm was hosted by Global Wind Energy Council general secretary Steve Sawyer. During the visit, the US delegation met key people from the global wind industry, and representatives of the Danish Wind Industry.  

The secretary expressed a keen interest to learn from the example of Denmark, who today has 20% of its electricity powered by wind, and is currently pioneering offshore wind.  

Ambassador Fulbright expressed that US decision makers should learn from the Danish case, in particular regarding the integration of large-scale renewables. She has therefore accepted to address an up-coming grid symposium for US grid operators organized by the danish TSO and Danish Wind Industry Association.  

US Department of the interior is responsible for all licensing of wind power offshore and on publicly owned land in the US.

 

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