Denmark reaches a huge milestone last week when its wind energy supply made up 140% of its electricity demands. The country was able to sell surplus electricity to neighbouring countries, Germany (40%), Norway (40%) and Sweden (20%).
It began on Thursday July 9th when Denmark was producing 116% of its energy requirements, by early morning Friday July 10th the country was producing a whopping 140% of demand.
A spokesperson for the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), Oliver Joy said, ““It shows that a world powered 100% by renewable energy is no fantasy. Wind energy and renewables can be a solution to decarbonisation – and also security of supply at times of high demand.”
Last year, Denmark was able to produce almost 40% of its total electricity consumption for the whole year, and according to their government, wind energy will be less than half the cost of fossil fuels by next year!
Just last month, Denmark had released a tender for 350MW of offshore wind off the coast of Jutland as they continue on their quest towards meeting 50% of electricity demands by 2020. The country has been a strong example for wind energy in the European Union (EU) and across the globe.