Sustainable Energy

Dong Energy CEO says we're at an 'inflection point' when it comes to renewables

Offshore wind position growing rapidly: DONG CEO

The last few years have seen renewable energy technologies become price competitive, the CEO of Dong Energy told CNBC on Thursday.

"I do believe what we've seen – especially over the last couple of years – is we've seen renewable technologies coming down very rapidly in price," Henrik Poulsen said.

"We're really seeing green technologies becoming very price competitive and that is also beginning to now materialise in some of the most recent auctions we've seen around the world," Poulsen went on to add.

Poulsen was speaking after Dong Energy, which is headquartered in Denmark, announced operating profit (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) had increased by DKK 1.8 billion ($283 million), reaching DKK 4.4 billion in the second quarter of 2017.

"We've had a very strong first half, Q1 was slightly below expectations but it was all a matter of timing across the quarters," he said. "And here, in (the) second quarter, we've had 70 percent EBITDA growth. So for the full first half year, we've had a very strong first half year of '17."

Poulsen went on to add that we were now at an "inflection point." Renewable technologies, he said, had, "come so far down in price that we can build green energy systems for the future that are also quite cost competitive and price competitive for the consumers."