Last year, Denmark sourced 47 percent of its energy consumption from wind, up from 41 percent in 2018, according to state-run energy operator Energinet. This is a renewable energy milestone and also one of the most widespread kinds of renewable energy in the country. So, Denmark is the world’s leading wind power nation.
In EU, wind power made up 14 percent of energy consumption in 2019, compared to Denmark’s 47 percent. Wind power is the kind of renewable energy that has come furthest in terms of being competitive with other energy technologies.
70 percent reduction by 2030
By 2030, Denmark aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent with a new climate law passed late last year. Today, more than a third of the Danish electricity production derives from wind turbines. Furthermore, onshore wind turbines are one of the cheapest ways to expand power production.
Denmark – The World’s Leading Wind Power Nation
Denmark has due to its location on the gusty North Sea favorable wind conditions and understood as early as in the 1970s that wind power would play an important role in the transformation of the energy system. Denmark aims to no longer be dependent on fossil fuels in 2050. Denmark was the first country in the world to install an offshore wind farm, which was the wind farm Vindeby close to Lolland.
The world’s largest offshore wind farm
The world’s largest offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3, inaugurated in August last year, generates power enough for about 425,000 Danish homes. Denmark and Danish companies rank among the best when it comes to development, production and installation of wind turbines. Today, export of wind turbines and technology for wind energy is an essential contribution to the Danish economy.
According to the Danish Energy Agency coal, oil and gas still play a major role in meeting the country’s energy consumption, but a wind energy revolution is evidently on its way.
Denmark – The World’s Leading Wind Power Nation, written by Tor Kjolberg