Danish wind energy scandal could scupper UK wind plans

A pay scandal at Danish wind company Dong Energy could put a halt to notable wind projects in the UK.

Chief Executive Anders Eldrup has been forced to resign after it emerged that he had given unauthorised pay packages worth millions to a group of top executives, including the head of its lucrative British wind energy farm, Christian Skakkebaek, reports the Times.

Anders Eldrup

The firm is the main backer behind the $3.16bn London Array, the world’s largest wind farm in the Thames estuary. It also has invested in the Lincs wind farm and the Walney wind farm in Cumbria.

The dismissal of Eldrup who was the driving force behind the Dong’s push in the UK has led to questions over whether the company will now pull back.

Eldrup had planned to build up to 20 offshore farms around Europe at a cost of $17bn, but with his departure it now remains unclear whether the company will see the plan through.

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