In 2014, Danish wind turbines supplied what corresponds to 39.1% of Danes’ electricity consumption. This is a new record.
As in the previous five years, more power was covered by land-based wind turbines and offshore wind farms in 2014 than the year before.
In 2013, the wind power share was 32.7%. The increase to 39.1% in 2014 is partly due to the increase in the installed capacity of wind turbines, and partly to the improved efficiency of new wind turbines.
For instance, the offshore wind farm at Anholt with a capacity of 400 MW was put into operation in the second half of 2013. In a year, the wind farm produces what corresponds to the consumption of 400,000 households. The wind farm thereby contributed substantially to the increase in 2014.
The wind power share of power consumption over the last ten years
2013: 32.7% (* Adjusted for solar cells)
2012: 32.0% (* Adjusted for solar cells)
January generated the largest volumes of power ever
2014 was an average ‘wind year’, but especially the first months were very windy. January beat all records as the month generating the largest volumes of power ever – corresponding to 61.7% of Denmark’s total electricity consumption. However, the summer was less windy. In July, the share was 23.0%.
Power is traded across national borders
Denmark’s electricity system is closely connected to our neighbouring countries, and power is traded across national borders hour by hour. Supply and demand on the electricity market determine the direction in which power flows.
Power is traded on the Nordic power exchange Nord Pool Spot, which means that part of the wind generated by Danish wind turbines is purchased by consumers in Norway, Sweden and Germany, among other countries. Therefore, the 39.1% does not reflect the exact wind power volume consumed by Danish enterprises and households.
While Danish wind turbines, power plants and local CHP plants export power, Danes also import Norwegian hydroelectric power, German wind power or solar cell power, power generated from coal or natural gas and Swedish nuclear power. This is the case, for instance, during periods with low prices in neighbouring countries or periods without wind in Denmark.
The wind figures for 2012 and 2013 have subsequently been adjusted (in 2012 from 30.1 to 30.0%; in 2013 from 33.2 to 32.7%), since many new private solar cell plants started to supply power directly to individual households during the two years. Consequently, this was not included in the