In Europe, Denmark has set a new world record for wind energy generation, which contributed around 40% to the country’s total electricity consumption in 2014, Climate Action reported.
According to the country’s climate and energy ministry, it is estimated that 39.1% of the country’s power usage is generated via the installed wind turbines, earning it the title as world leader in wind power.
Wind power tops expectations
The generated wind power peaked around 60% in January 2015, an astonishing figure that is motivating the country to expand its fleet of turbines.
Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Denmark's climate and energy minister said: "These are incredible figures…We still plan to put up more wind turbines. We are moving forward and we have more targets."
He added that Denmark has "found the key to stop global warming", Climate Action reported.
This achievement is a clear indication that the country is on the right path to meeting its 2020 target – renewable energy will make up 50% of Denmark’s total power consumption.
Danish Island goes green
Just off the east coast of Denmark lies the Samso Island, which has set a target of becoming 100% powered by renewable energy by 2030 – a world first.
Over 16 years ago, Soren Hermansen, director of Samso’s Energy Academy, was awarded a contract to develop a renewable power system on the Island. Within ten years, Hermansen had installed 34MW of wind power – 11 onshore turbines and 10 offshore turbines, which has offset around 12 tonnes of CO2 per individual residing on the island – each turbine has a 1MW capacity, enough to power 630 homes.
Hermansen has set in place a target for the Island to become 100% fossil-free by 2030.
Following a bottom-up model each turbine is owned by various stakeholders, from farmers to municipality and the end consumers. This approach has created community participation in the whole process, EcoWatch reported in an opinion piece.