Denmark hit a significant renewable power milestone in 2019, producing practically half of its electrical energy from wind alone. State-run power operator Energinet announced its new wind file on Twitter Thursday. The renewable energy supply now makes up 47% of the nation’s power consumption, heating the earlier report set in 2017 of 43%.
This increase is, largely, because of the launch of the country’s largest offshore wind farm within the North Sea this year. The Horns Rev three wind farm generates sufficient energy to power about 425,000 Danish properties. The nation has been shortly transitioning towards wind vitality resulting from its location on the gusty North Sea. The ocean’s bountiful winds are additionally key to UK clear vitality aspirations. The nation went live with the world’s largest offshore wind farm last year.
Denmark’s left-wing coalition authorities took over in the summer season 2019 and upped the nation’s climate targets. They embody reducing emissions 70 percent below 1990 ranges by 2030. Coal, oil, and fuel nonetheless play a serious function in assembly the nation’s energy consumption in accordance with the Danish Energy Agency. However, the wind energy revolution underway may very properly assist the nation to get emissions down by decreasing the necessity for soiled power.
The Danish aren’t resistant to the impacts of climate change. The nation is projected to see more rain, extra wind, and extra excessive climate occasions. Although it solely accounts for a fraction of the world’s carbon emissions, it nonetheless has to deliver them to zero together with each different nation to avert the worst impacts of climate change.
In the meantime, the U.S. is carrying on with a single offshore wind undertaking. The U.S. might actually study from Denmark and embrace the ocean breeze, and there are indicators that the lackluster state of offshore wind may flip a nook quickly. Presidential candidates such as Elizabeth Warren have made offshore wind investments key aspects of their climate coverage proposals. So right here’s to more wind (offshore and onshore) in 2020.