The Danish public support for renewable energy is at present financed through contributions levied on electricity consumption. In order to maintain the global competitiveness of certain sectors, the Commission's 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy allow Member States to grant reductions from such contributions under certain conditions. In particular, this concerns energy-intensive users in sectors that are particularly energy-intensive and/or exposed to international competition.
In October 2015, the Commission approved a Danish scheme granting such reductions for users in certain sectors that met the conditions under the Guidelines. Denmark has now notified plans to extend the scope of reductions to energy-intensive users in several additional manufacturing sectors and four horticulture sectors. All other conditions of the original scheme remain unchanged and will apply to the new beneficiaries, in particular that energy intensive users will be compensated up to a maximum of 85% of their contribution to the financing of renewable energy support. The Commission's assessment showed that these reductions remain in line with the Guidelines.
For more information on the 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy, see also the Commission's Policy brief on "Improving State Aid for Energy and the Environment.
The non-confidential version of the decision will be published in the State Aid Register on the competition website under the case number SA.44863 once any confidentiality issues have been resolved. New publications of state aid decisions on the internet and in the Official Journal are listed in the State Aid Weekly e-News.