September 19 (Renewables Now) - Wind power generation covered 100% of Denmark’s electricity demand for the first time ever on September 15, according to preliminary statistics by the country's transmission system operator Energinet.
The strong winds spurred production from wind turbines and helped supply 130% of the country's electricity demand from midnight to midnight last Sunday. The excess power was sold abroad.
Between 0200 and 0300 local time wind parks were generating up to 60% more electricity than the country needed at that time, which broke an earlier record from June 9, 2019, when wind turbine production exceeded consumption by 52%.
“Just 10 years ago, winds only filled about one-fifth of our supply, so things have gone insanely strong when we have not just hours, but all day where wind turbines produce more electricity than we need,” said Energinet’s energy strategic advisor Carsten Vittrup.
Data by industry body WindEurope indicates that at end-2018, Denmark's cumulative installed wind power capacity amounted to 5,758 MW.