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Danish businesses and households share burden of high energy bills

Businesses and households alike face soaring energy bills in Denmark in 2021.

Lower-than-expected wind levels are among factors causing a combination of low supply and high demand for energy.
Lower-than-expected wind levels are among factors causing a combination of low supply and high demand for energy. Photo: Thomas Lekfeldt/Ritzau Scanpix

New calculations from interest organisation Dansk Industri Energi show that industry is expected to pay 18 billion kroner for energy this year.

That is double the 9.5-billion kroner bill incurred in 2019, the last year to be unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s certain that this is being felt by businesses out there,” said sector director with Dansk Industri Energi, Troels Ranis.

A number of factors are behind escalating energy prices, which are impacting businesses and households alike.

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These include global economic growth following the end of the first wave of coronavirus lockdowns.

That has resulted in increased industrial activity and thereby high demand for energy.

This high demand has coincided with less wind and lower rainfall in Norway producing less sustainable energy; and a relatively constant supply of gas from Russia.

“The basic principle of economics is being manifested. A large demand and low supply gives high prices,” Ranis said.

High energy costs incurred by businesses are likely to be passed to customers, the sector director predicted.

“Prices go up. That’s the short of it. And that’s how it has to be when energy prices increase because this makes it more expensive to produce,” he said.

“And that is passed on to the price of products,” he added.

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Danish energy firm posts profits as electricity and gas prices rocket

Danish company Ørsted said on Wednesday its energy sales increased by 54 percent in 2021’s third quarter, citing hikes in gas and electricity prices as the driving factor.

Danish energy company Ørsted posted large profits in 2021's Q3 due to high gas and electricity prices. The company wants to ramp up sustainable production by 2030.
Danish energy company Ørsted posted large profits in 2021's Q3 due to high gas and electricity prices. The company wants to ramp up sustainable production by 2030. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The commercial division of Ørsted, Bioenergy & Other, reported a 6.6 billion kroner profit in the third quarter of this year, a 54 percent increase.

Operating profits meanwhile rose to 1.2 billion kroner in Q3, according to the results.

Gas prices are six times the normal rate and electricity three time more expensive than normal, the company said.

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“(The large profits) are due to extraordinarily good results from our power stations and high revenues from our gas businesses,” Ørsted writes in the results.

Although increasing gas and energy prices have given Ørsted strong results, the company, which has invested in wind and solar power, has not grown overall.

For the entire Ørsted company, operating profits in the third quarter dropped by just under 400 million kroner to 3.4 billion kroner.

That is because a relatively low amount of wind reduced the amount of energy produced by Ørsted’s wind farms.

Earlier this year, the Danish company published a plan to quadruple its position on sustainable energy by 2030.

That includes building wind and solar power farms to produce 50 gigawatts of power.

Contracts signed by the company so far can ensure 18 gigawatts of sustainable production, Ørsted said in its published results.

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