Denmark gets nearly 50% of its electricity from wind power
This was a record for 2019, boosted by cost reductions for renewables and better offshore wind technology
Copenhagen — Denmark sourced almost half its electricity consumption from wind power in 2019, a new record boosted by steep cost reductions and improved offshore technology.
Wind accounted for 47% of Denmark’s power usage in 2019, the country’s grid operator Energinet said on Thursday, citing preliminary data, up from 41% in 2018 and topping the previous record of 43% in 2017.
European countries are global leaders in using wind power but Denmark is far in front of nearest rival Ireland, which sourced 28% of its power from wind in 2018, according to data from industry group WindEurope.
Across the EU, wind accounted for 14% of consumption in 2019, the group says.
The higher proportion of wind energy in Denmark was partly due to Vattenfall starting operations at the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in the North Sea in August.
The share of power from wind turbines at sea increased to 18% in 2019 from 14% in 2018, Energinet said. Onshore wind accounted for 29% in 2019.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in October that while power generated from wind turbines at sea only accounts for 0.3% of today’s global electricity generation, capacity is set to increase 15-fold over the next two decades.
Denmark aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030, with a new climate law passed late in 2020 targeting an increase in the share of electricity sourced from renewable power to 100%.
Denmark, home to wind turbine giant Vestas and the world’s largest developer of offshore wind Ørsted, has favourable wind conditions and began investing heavily in wind power in the 1970s.
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