Wind power breaking records in Europe

In early July, it was unusually windy in Denmark. The high winds meant that for the first time ever, Denmark could meet its entire domestic power demand with some left over. The Guardian reported that on Thursday 9 July 2015, Danish wind turbines produced 116% of its electricity needs with the excess being exported to Norway, Germany and Sweden. By Friday afternoon (10 July) the production was 140% of the country’s needs which had reduced at the end of the working week.

Last week it was reported that offshore wind farms in northern Europe were breaking all records for energy generation. Although only half way through the year, wind farms in northern European waters had generated more electricity than for the whole of 2014. The European Wind Energy Association reports that this is largely due to the installation of 584 new wind turbines off the coasts of Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Image: European Wind Energy Association

Image: European Wind Energy Association