Wind power to make up half of Danish energy use in 2020

November 25, 2011
A wind park can be seen as morning breaks in Copenhagen. Denmark aims to have wind power supply half of the country's electricity needs in 2020, under a new programme presented by Climate and Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard.

Denmark aims to have wind power supply half of the country's electricity needs in 2020, under a new programme presented by Climate and Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard on Friday.

"Denmark must use a lot more and we will have to become much better at using energy efficiently," Lidegaard told reporters.

The country aims to be 100 percent free of in 2050, relying instead on wind power, and biogas, the government said on its website where it presented its new "Our Energy" programme.

The left-wing government, which came to power in September, has largely overtaken the previous centre-right administration's energy programme "but setting the goals higher", the ministry said.

The previous government's plan called for an increase in the use of from 20 percent today to 42 percent in 2020.

The new government plans to invest 5.6 billion kronor (750 millio n euros, $996 million) in its energy programme, compared to 3.6 billion earmarked by its predecessor.

The investments will be financed by the public and companies through higher energy prices, encouraging Danes to better isolate their homes and buildings to save energy.

The government expects households to reduce their average by eight to 10 percent by 2020.

The government said it planned to hold negotiations with political parties across the board so that the programme will not have to be changed when a different government comes to power.

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1 / 5 (1) Nov 26, 2011
I think this is awesome. When people focus on their surroundings instead of hoarding and acquisition people can thrive. Russia has wonderful ecology but sustainability will take a long time. Powerful forces are spearheading the unsustainable growth model even while the population shrinks. That model may work in Moscow but fails elsewhere. We have world's largest subway but people want go everywhere in cars.
3 / 5 (2) Nov 26, 2011
Might it be more accurate to say that Denmark intends to produce as much electricity as it uses by 2050 from wind, etc.?

Denmark is unlikely to seal its boarder, cut the transmission lines. Right now they use hydro from surrounding countries to balance the variable input of wind.

As Europe develops its 'super grid' Denmark's contribution will be lots of wind produced energy and they will take solar/hydro/geothermal/tidal/wave in exchange when the wind isn't blowing.
not rated yet Nov 28, 2011
Hmm, remember that they are major exporter of this technology. The headlines are a shop window on which their economic future depends (that and bacon lego bricks).

You still need to be able to produce 100% of your energy demands on days when its too windy or not windy enough, which even for them is 1/3 of the year.

Its good that they can become carbon neutral in as little as 15 years. But it is a bummer that the turbines projected lifespan is only 12 years.

Maybe they could place them closer to the Hague the wind always blows from there.

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