11 01 2017 Just as expected, the production of wind energy fell in Denmark in 2016
This is somewhat lower than in 2015, when the wind share was 42.1%. The explanation lies in the fact that both 2015 and 2016 were atypical wind years in their own ways. While 2015 was the windiest year since 1994, with winds 14% above normal, 2016 was the least windy in 6 years, with winds 10% below average. According to Energinet.dk, the Danish TSO, the wind share would have been about 41% if 2016 had been a normal wind year.
"Since 2008 we have experienced continuous growth in the wind energy production and each year set a new world record. As expected this trend did not continue in 2016 due to the low winds. Not maintaining the continued growth is to a certain degree frustrating, but on the other hand, it is a reminder that it is the shifting nature of the wind, which we are world champions at harnessing in Denmark. Besides, a wind share of 37.6% is more than approved, and I am pleased that varying production is not affecting our world-class security of supply that we have in Denmark," says Jan Hylleberg, CEO of the Danish Wind Industry Association.
The 37.6% is still enough to bring Denmark to the top when it comes to the use of wind energy in the electricity consumption.
Given it is a normal wind year and the development of wind energy in Denmark continues, it is expected that approximately 60% of the electricity consumption will be powered by wind in 2021.
Foreign countries also affect the wind share
The wind share shows how much of the Danish electricity consumption wind energy can cover. At certain times, wind energy will cover a small percentage, while at other times, as seen over Christmas 2016, there will be so much electricity that it exceeds the Danish demand and it can be exported to the neighboring countries. Therefore, it is not just the weather that determines how much wind energy that can be produced, so do other countries’ import of electricity.
"This Christmas Sweden chose to pause the import of power from Denmark, which unfortunately meant that the Danish wind turbine owners in some cases were forced to stop or down-regulate the production. Access to the German market has a similar insufficiency as the export to Germany is also stopped at times. Both issues will hopefully be resolved within the next couple of years as the transmission grid is built out."
“All the same, as the European countries are moving towards more renewable energy, expanding and rebuilding the transmission cables is highly relevant. Also, an increased use of power is needed, as power is getting greener and greener, and subsequently will overtake fossil fuels in the transport and heating sectors,” concludes Jan Hylleberg.