Wind generates ‘140% of Denmark’s power needs’

An unusually windy day in Denmark meant the country produced 140% of its electricity needs from wind farms alone, according to reports. By Thursday evening last week, the Nordic nation’s […]

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An unusually windy day in Denmark meant the country produced 140% of its electricity needs from wind farms alone, according to reports.

By Thursday evening last week, the Nordic nation’s wind turbines were producing 116% of its power demand, a figure which rose to 140% in the early hours of the morning.

Reports claimed 80% of the surplus power was shared between Germany and Norway, with Sweden taking the 20% left over.

The figures were noticed by engirgenet.dk, a site which shows the power output of Denmark’s wind farms in real-time.

Oliver Joy, spokesman for the European Wind Energy Association, told a news outlet: “It shows that a world powered 100% by renewable energy is no fantasy.”

In contrast to the UK policy on onshore wind farms, which will not be subsidised by the government next year, renewable source has strong backing from the Danish government.

It is estimated Denmark could be producing half of its energy from renewables before 2020.

The government aims to produce 84%¬†of Denmark’s electricity needs through wind power by 2035.

Wind power is said to be responsible for 29% of the electricity generated in the country.