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Published on March 26th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill


Denmark Aims for 50% of Electricity from Wind by 2020

March 26th, 2012 by  

Denmark is taking major steps towards a greener future, passing an agreement that the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard, says is “the broadest, the greenest, and the most long-term energy agreement that has ever been reached in Denmark.”

The agreement establishes a framework for the policy on climate and energy up to 2020 and outlines a direction for the country up until 2050. It was passed by a broad majority in the Danish Parliament led by the government parties and Denmark’s Liberal Party, the Danish People’s Party, the Danish Red-Green Alliance, and the Conservative Party; in total, 171 seats out of 179 in the parliament.

“This is a historic day for Danish energy policy. In our everyday political work, the parties are different shades of red and blue. However, today – together — we have laid down the foundation for a green future,” says Martin Lidegaard.

Middelgrunden windmills outside Copenhagen

The initiatives are as follows;

  • CO2 emissions in 2020 will be reduced by 34% of what they were in 1990.
  • Energy consumption will decrease by more than 12% in 2020 compared to 2006.
  • A total of more than 35% of Danish energy will stem from renewable energy sources.
  • 50% of the country’s electricity consumption will be stem from wind power.
  • The agreement will ensure a stable framework for the business community as a whole, and the energy sector in particular.

“Large changes will be made over the next decade,” says Lidegaard. “However, with this agreement the parties have started a transition that will strengthen the competitiveness of Danish businesses and ensure that citizens will not be subjected to exorbitant price increases on fossil fuels.”

As already reported on CleanTechnica, Denmark recently approved the construction of two large wind farms at Kriegers Flak and Horns Rev.

“Denmark will once again be the global leader in the transition to green energy. This will prepare us for a future with increasing prices for oil and coal. More-over, it will create some of the jobs that we need so desperately, now and in the coming years,” says Lidegaard.

“Investments are necessary if we are to switch society towards green energy. But the bill will be much bigger if we do not act in time. At the same time, the transition will benefit climate mitigation and the environment, and it will ensure the future competitiveness of Danish industry. With this agreement, the parties are sending a clear message that we all assume responsibility and are taking the challenges of the future seriously. It is truly a great day for energy policy in Denmark.”

Source: Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building
Image Source: Andreas Johannsen

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  • lukealization

    Nice to see Denmark take another great leap forward! Is this perhaps the most aggressive renewable energy target we’ve seen to date from any country???

    • Bob_Wallace

      Good question.

      Perhaps we could get Zach to set up a scorecard where we could post targets for different countries as we find them.

      Perhaps post % electricity from renewables records as well.

      We’ve sort of got that for wind separately, but overall would be interesting. Not all countries are going to use the same mix of sources, will vary with what they have to draw from….

      • lukealization

        Actually that’s a good idea – much like how cleantechnica already does their Solar power/Wind power posts, perhaps a scorecard-like setup for each country with a few bar graphs and charts?

        Any thoughts Zachary?

        • That might be hard to keep up to date 😀 😛

          But sounds like fun. Would have to search around for some good sources (this one shared above is quote thorough: ).
          Scotland is also aiming for 100% of electricity demand by 2020:

          • Bob_Wallace

            What about starting a spot on the right side of the page and crowd-sourcing it?

            Something like a table listing countries with columns –
            Current % (Yr) from renewables
            – Current % (Yr) from solar
            – Current % (Yr) from hydro
            – etc.

            Projected % (Yr) from renewables
            – Projected % (Yr) from solar by
            – Projected % (Yr) from hydro by Yr.
            – etc.

            Lenz provides a good start…

            “Albania (100% hydro in 2008).

            Angola (96.45% hydro in 2008)

            Austria (73.86% renewable in 2009, 12.5% of that non hydro)

            Belize (90.91% hydro in 2008)

            Bhutan (99.86% hydro in 2008)

            Brazil (88.88% renewable with 4.93 non hydro in 2009)

            Burundi (100% hydro in 2008)”

            Looks like a generic “Non-hydro renewables” column would be needed. At least at first.

          • On my list. Trying to think of how to do it most elegantly. 😀

          • Bob_Wallace

            How about – set it up as a spreadsheet.

            Enter ‘x’ in all cells for which there are no numbers.

            Work up a standard one-liner that can be easily added to every article that mentions amount of renewable or goals for any country. Ask people to visit the page and contribute.

            Some of us will dig around on the web and fill in some of the blanks.

            Anyone who thinks the data wrong can add a comment.

        • Best I know of other than some tiny island nations.

    • Bob_Wallace

      There’s this. Multiple 100% and close to 100%, but mostly from hydro….

  • Ross

    They’ve decided to install smart meters that are readable hourly.

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