Wind Power Generated Nearly Half Of Denmark's Electricity In 2015, Sets World Record

Wind Power Generated Nearly Half of Denmark's Electricity in 2015, Sets World Record

The Scandinavian nation is setting the global bar for harnessing wind energy: It's been announced that Denmark broke a world energy record, using wind turbines to generate 42 per cent of the country's electricity in 2015. Those figures are the highest of their kind for any country, according to Energinet, the Danish national electricity operator. In 2014, wind generated 39 per cent of Denmark's electricity, which was also a world record.

A big factor in Denmark's latest record-breaking achievement, however, was that 2015 was an unusually windy year, Energinet says. Still, wind power share of Danish energy consumption has gone up annually every year since 2008, a clear signal that Denmark's doing something right — it aims to produce half its electricity with renewable resources by 2020.

And progress is going swimmingly. Last July, Denmark's wind farms produced so much energy that they outstripped national demand, churning out 140 per cent of expected output. Let Denmark's commitment to green energy be a lesson to the rest of our fuel-strapped world.


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    Denmark relies on imported power from nuclear power stations to guarantee baseload power. Australia can't import baseload power, we have to rely on coal for that or build nuclear power plants. Subsidising wind generated power when we have to still rely on our own coal or nuclear makes no sense at all.

      Sure we currently can't generate all our power from hydroelectric, wind, waves, solar or even tide but the less we have to use coal the better. Once we're using the environment to generate more power than we need then we can pump water back up into our dams or use it power desalination plants then use that excess clean water to grow crops or flush polluted waterways.

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