Offshore and onshore wind turbines provided 43.6% of Denmark’s total energy requirement for 2017, nearly half of the country’s energy consumption.
The new data received by Energinet concerning Denmark’s renewable energy consumption over 2017 showed that wind turbines provided a record amount of energy to the grid last year.
Danish wind turbines reached a total output of 14,700GWh in 2017, a 1.6% increase from 2015, the next highest year in terms of generation.
Despite this being the highest generation year on record, it’s been achieved through Denmark having less wind turbines, not more.
Denmark has reported a 20% reduction in wind turbines since 2001, the year wind turbine numbers peaked.
In order to become more efficient and generate more energy per turbine, larger onshore and offshore turbines have been installed since 2001.
Lars Aagaard, CEO of Dansk Energi, said: “It shows that the green change is good. But that also means that we have opened a new chapter in the green change. It is equally important to look at how we best use the amazing resource, that we have a cheap, green and stable power supply. Electricity must replace gasoline, oil and gas.”