Wind energy covers 39 per cent of Denmark's electricity consumption

In 2014, Danish wind farms covered 39 per cent of Denmark’s electricity consumption. Growing capacity and increased efficiency are behind this record year.

Denmark has a goal of 50% renewables in Danish electricity in 2020 and the objective of being the first fossil fuel free country in 2050. New numbers from the wind sector indicate that these goals will be reached, with more than 39% of electricity consumption being covered by wind energy in 2014.

In the last ten years, Denmark has more than doubled the amount of electricity consumption covered by wind, steadily increasing the share of electricity generated by wind for five consecutive years.

In 2014, Denmark saw the largest jump yet; from 32.7% in 2013 to 39.1% in 2014 – despite the fact that 2014 was an average year in terms of how much the wind blew over Denmark.

The 2014 record speaks both to the fact that the total capacity of wind turbines has grown, as well as to increased efficiency in the sector. For example, the offshore wind farm by the Danish island Anholt now produces the equivalent of 400.000 Danish households’ yearly consumption of electricity.

Readmore about the record levels in Danish wind energy (in Danish).