Overview of grid
Connection to and use of the grid in Denmark is governed by the Ministry of Climate, Energy and utilities as well as the Danish transmission grid operator (Energinet). While the principle of non-discrimination is applied regarding the connection to the grid, the use of the grid priorities plants that use renewable sources for energy production.
Connection to the grid
Connecting to the Danish grid is non-discriminatory from an RES viewpoint. Energy suppliers must comply with Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/631, as well as requirements set out by the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities and the Danish transmission grid operator (Energinet).
Use of the grid
Unlike grid connection, suppliers of electricity from renewable energy plants with a capacity of less than 400 kW are given priority to use the Danish grid. In case of shortage of demand, first plants using conventional sources of electricity production must reduce their supply. If this is still not sufficient, Energinet may mandate plants using renewable resources to reduce their supply in so far as possible.
According to the law on energy supply, grid operators are required to inter alia maintain, rebuild and expand the supply network in the supply area as necessary, and provide the necessary transmission capacity and access for the transport of electricity in the electricity grid.
Number of DSOs
Number of DSOs: 40
Number of legally unbundled DSOs: 10
The figure represents the number of DSOs that are not part of a company with power retailing activities. All DSOs are functionally unbundled.
Source: 2020 DSO facts and figures Eurelectric; Distribution System Operator Observatory 2020
Smart Meter Penetration Rate
Source: 2020 DSO facts and figures Eurelectric
Active electricity suppliers
Total number of active electricity nationwide suppliers: 28
Switching rates for electricity household customers in 2018: 5.1%
Source: Monitoring Report on the Performance of European Retail Markets in 2018. CEER Report