January 8 (Renewables Now) - Wind farms in Denmark and off its shores produced enough power to cover 43% of electricity demand in 2017, setting a new record, the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA) said last week.
The previous record was in 2015 when wind’s share in the country’s power stood at 42%. Wind power generation in the past year was around 13.9 TWh, actually down from 14.1 TWh in 2015, but demand also declined, allowing 2017 to be a record wind power share year.
Wind power generation in 2017 helped lower electricity prices in Denmark, in addition to making the mix greener, as the average price of wind was nearly 12% lower than the average electricity price.
Danish Energy, the commercial and professional organisation for Danish energy firms, gives slightly different figures, but also confirms a new record for wind’s contribution in 2017. It says that wind farms produced the equivalent to 43.6% of Danish electricity consumption in 2017, with a total output of some 14.7 TWh, based on Energinet.dk data.
Lars Aagaard, CEO of Dansk Energi, said that it is very important to take full advantage of that resource and to pursue options to use electricity instead of gasoline, oil and gas.
DWIA said wind power could reach 60% share in electricity consumption by 2021 with all the planned projects in and offshore Denmark.