Renewables Now Cover 56% of Electricity Consumption in Denmark  

2016.12.09

Production of electricity from renewables accounted for 56.0% of Danish domestic electricity supply in 2015. In addition, observed CO2 emissions fell by 6.6%.

Share of renewables in domestic power supply

According to the Danish Energy Agency, the largest contribution to the production of electricity from renewables came from wind power at 41.8% and biomass at 11.0%.

In addition, increased electricity imports and higher electricity production from wind power meant that fuel consumption to generate electricity fell by 14.4% in 2015. This trend covers a total drop in coal, oil and natural gas consumption of 30.4%, while consumption of renewable energy rose by 2.7%.

Increasing consumption of renewable energy

Consumption of renewable energy increased from 2014 to 2015 by 6.4% to 206 PJ. This has partly been due to an increase in wind power generation of 8.1%. According to the EU method of calculation, renewables accounted for around 30% of energy consumption in 2015, against 29.2% in 2014.

Related news: New Danish Agreement on Future Energy Subsidies

Drop in emissions of greenhouse gases

The large drop in the consumption of coal in 2015 meant that the observed CO2 emissions from energy consumption fell by 6.6% in 2015 to 35.2 million tonnes. Adjusted for fluctuations in climate and fuel consumption linked to foreign trade in electricity, CO2 emissions fell by 3.3%. Since 1990, adjusted CO2 emissions have been reduced by 35.8%.

A preliminary statement of total Danish observed emissions of greenhouse gases shows a drop of 4.9% in 2015 corresponding to a reduction of observed emissions of greenhouse gasses of 31.1% since 1990.

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