Wind Energy FAQs: Danish wind use – 2001 to 2018

Danish Electricity from On- and Off-shore Wind

The amount of electricity generated by wind (as a percent of total consumption) has been steadily increased from a low of 12.3% in 2001 to a high of 43.6% in 2017 then followed by a slight fall in 2018 (to 40.7%) in 2018. This decline was due to 2018 experiencing wind speeds that were lower than average. The following chart shows that in 2018, 27.1% of Denmark’s electricity was generated by onshore wind and 13.6% by offshore wind.

By the way – in 2018, Vattenfall commissioned the 407 MW Horns Rev offshore wind farm. This one project will increase the amount of electricity Denmark sources from wind from 41% to 46%.

To illustrate how this compares with other countries, we’ve included below a country comparison from the 2018 BP Statistical Review of World Energy.

A couple of health warnings: the first is that the information includes solar. The second is that it shows electricity as a percentage of total consumption whereas the previous graph showed electricity from wind as a percentage of total domestic generation.  Nonetheless, you get the point..