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Published on May 31st, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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European Wind Power: Denmark, Portugal, & Spain Leading the World

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May 31st, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
 
The Earth Policy Institute always produces great content, so I’m happy to share another article from that team via this sustainablog repost. Beforehand, however, I’ll just point you in the direction of a bit more (context from previous CleanTechnica articles).

We’ve got articles with more details on some of the points quickly noted below, such as Denmark rising above 30% electric from wind power, wind generation getting to #1 in Spain, as well as Denmark, Spain, and Portugal’s wind power leadership in relative terms such as wind power per capita and wind power per GDP.

And for a ton of wind fun, check out these wind energy facts and charts.

European Wind Power: Denmark, Portugal, and Spain Leading the World (via sustainablog)

By J. Matthew Roney Denmark produced one third of its electricity from the wind in 2013. In no other country has wind’s share of annual electricity generation yet topped 30 percent. But the Danes are not stopping there—they are eyeing a goal of…

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  • JamesWimberley

    The government of Spain, tragically, is determined to bring the growth of wind generation to a halt. The latest retroactive changes are here (link). The policy on or rather against solar is even worse, with a special “backup charge”, not payable by other forms of generation, designed to prevent the emergence of an unsubsidised rooftop market. In the USA, Germany, and Australia, there’s a fight between renewables and fossil interests. In Spain, the fossil camp has won.

  • Choming Girl

    I can’t believe on this news because of http://goo.gl/XI0lwP

    • Matt

      please don’t keep reposting the same link on every article, just to get your link thru payments.

      • Bob_Wallace

        If you see ‘em, flag ‘em….

  • Paulo

    besides wind power, hidro power in Portugal produces at least another 30/ 40%. this winter, 80% of our energy came from renewables.

    • LookingForward

      If that’s true, Portugal can easily go 100% renewable, maybe even by 2020.
      Hydro for baseload wind and solar for the rest, Portugal can sell overproduction to Spain.
      How is efficiency, conservation and EV adaptation going in Portugal?

      • vadik

        EV adoption in Portugal has been very low so far, at 0.18% YTD

      • heinbloed

        Portugal and Spain are already exchaging electricity.
        Their market is that closely connected they have their own common trading platform:

        http://www.omel.com/en/inicio

        Here an interactive presentation of the price, exchage etc. data:

        http://www.omel.com/files/flash/ResultadosMercado.swf

        Since Spain and Portugal are part of the European grid they exchange as well to France and Maroc.

        The atomic nation France however doesn’t like the idea and blocks and delays the exchange where they can:

        http://www.rechargenews.com/wind/europe_africa/article1316552.ece

        Here the European grid exchange data (interactive):

        http://www.entsoe.net/

        • LookingForward

          I know, it’s great for renewables.
          But I don’t mean exporting some electricity because of overproduction or even being a net exporter, I’m talking no imports at all and 100% renewable. So even with minimal producting (in the evening, with, on average, low wind) be 100% renewable, that’s the big challenge.

    • No way

      Almost 25% of all energy coming from renewables in Portugal. That is pretty respectable and puting them in the 7th position in EU (or 8th if counting Norway too). Portugal have been making a true effort and hopefully there are a lot more to come.

      • Paulo

        The number isn’t higher because 20 years ago Portugal closed many railway lines because they were very old and changed them by highways. about 3000 kms. Efforts to modernize the railroads have been unsuccessful, except for the coastline.

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