In 2014, Denmark set a new record in wind record. The country covered 39% of its electricity requirements using wind power. This is more important than many people may think for future generations.
Denmark is the world leader when it comes to the proportion of wind power in overall electricity consumption. According to Energienet.dkDanish wind turbines supplied 39% of Denmark’s electricity requirements in 2014. That makes Denmark the world leader. This means Denmark has bested its own record of 33% in 2013.
In December 2013, Danish wind power reached a level equivalent to more than half of the electricity consumption (54.8 %) for the first time. This value was also exceeded in 2014: In January 2014, wind power supplied a whopping 62% of electricity needs. “I am particularly pleased that the energy industry has again shown that it is possible to handle large amounts of wind power with ease,” said Jan Hylleberg, managing director of the Danish Wind Industry Association This puts Denmark well on its way to achieving its government’s goal of covering 50% of the country’s electricity requirements with wind energy by 2050.
Long Term Vision
The importance of being energy independent using renewable energy will become more relevant in the next few decades. Major conflicts over the supply o energy resources will be averted. The countries like Norway, Germany and Denmark that are seeking a renewable energy future will be the big winners. There are problems with wind and solar, but the more the technology is utilized the faster it will be developed.
We have seen recently how dependent the EU is on gas supplied from Russia and the political problems surrounding that. The countries that have energy independence will not be subject to the economic fluctuations around supply. More importantly for industry and the general population they will have energy security.
Another example of progress in the UK
Strong wind speeds over the weekend contributed significantly to the UK’s electricity supply as nuclear reactors remained offline and a large gas plant was suddenly hit by a fire.
Wind power set a new record on Sunday by providing 24 % of the UK’s electricity supply for the entire day. The previous record stood at 22 % of total generation in August this year.Wind’s consistently strong performance saw it outperform nuclear power from Friday evening throughout the whole weekend and into Monday morning. This also led to a number of coal plants being taken offline as they were surplus to requirements.
Wind power set a new peak record of generating 7,998 MW over a half-hour period at midday on Saturday once local turbines are factored in, according to National Grid statistics. This is the equivalent of powering 17 million homes, based on average consumption in October.
A sudden drop off in gas power was caused by a fire at Didcot B power station, which has a capacity of up to 1,360 MW. There are also four nuclear plants (nine reactors) currently offline due to unplanned outages and refuelling, which has removed 5,303 MW of generating capacity from the system.
Energy is the currency of the future and I applaud the countries doing the hard yards now and paying the costs that will be appreciated by future generations. I live in a country where energy is the most expensive in Asia and will be subjected to rolling brown outs latter this year. It is far from ideal.