Denmark’s Wind Ambition

Denmark, the country that in many ways launched the wind industry, has increased its goals, both for generating electricity from wind, and for reducing carbon emissions.

Denmark produced 26% of their electricity from wind in the past 12 months. And they have raised their goal from 42% to 50% by 2020. Denmark already has offshore several offshore wind farms, and they intend to reach this goal primarily by adding offshore wind.

Denmark is a small flat country, with 5 million people. It is a 3 hour train ride from one side to the other. It has little waterpower potential, but it is electrically connected to Norway, which has a water based grid. The waterpower of Norway serves as a storage mechanism for Denmark’s wind when winds are strong and electricity demand is low. However, with this new goal, Denmark will no doubt engage in research both to lower the cost of offshore wind, which is at least 50% more than on shore today, as well as to enhance the integration of wind into the grid.

Even better, Denmark has increased their decarbonization goals, committing to reduce carbon emissions by 40% compared to 1990 levels by 2020. The previous government had committed only to 30%. Coal use will be phased out of electricity generation by 2030.

These new goals, and the results they have already, will keep Denmark in the forefront of wind energy, wind integration, and the new economy. Good for them.

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