The major role of wind power should be seen as a part of the government’s plan to phase out fossil fuels by 2050. Danish government: “50 percent of power consumption from wind power in 2020”
The new Danish centre-left coalition government has increased targets on wind capacity. Wind power is set to represent 50 percent of the total power consumption in Denmark in 2020.
Denmark is already close to meeting its EU 2020 target of 31% electricity from renewables as the Danish pioneers reached a total installed capacity of 3,8 GW wind power last year, representing 25% of the country’s electricity demand.
The new Danish government just recently released its targets on renewable energy and CO2 emissions. The new disposition increases the previous CO2 reduction target from 30 to 40 percent, measured relative to 1990.
“A green and more sustainable world does not evolve by itself,” says Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen on the 11th of October.
As a part of the increased ambitions on CO2 emissions, wind power is targeted to represent 50 percent of the total power consumption in Denmark in 2020. The major role of wind power should be seen as a part of the government’s plan to phase out fossil fuels by 2050. The ambitious targets place Denmark in pole position on renewables among the developed countries.
By José Santamarta, www.windpower.org/