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IEA: Denmark best in class when it comes to stable, green electricity

By State of Green, 21 Nov 2018

Denmark is among the leading countries when it comes to integrating energy from power plants and renewable energy from e.g. wind in the energy system. In its latest report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) highlights Denmark's energy system as an inspiration for future sustainable and flexible energy systems.

The annual status report on the world’s energy production and consumption from the International Energy Agency (IEA), World Energy Outlook 2018, concludes that Denmark has the world’s largest share of renewable energy in its production of electricity – without compromising the security of supply.

“I am very pleased that the IEA recognises Denmark’s ability to create a flexible energy system that can be adjusted according to how much the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. At the same time, it is an area where, for instance, China and India have sought Danish expertise in combining green and black energy sources and our know-how for their own green transition,” said the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt.

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A secure and green energy mix

Danes can be confident that there is power in the socket more than 99.99% of the time.  At the same time, 70 percent of Denmark’s electricity comes from renewable sources and by 2030, 100 percent of the electricity supply will be based on renewable energy.

“We have the world record when it comes to the total share of renewable energy in our electricity consumption. The challenge is to electrify the sectors where electricity does not play a significant role today – for instance, the sectors related to heating and transportation,” said Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt.

Increased green electrification is needed

The report from the IEA shows that the world invests more in renewable energy than in coal, oil and gas. However, globally, only 25 percent of electricity production comes from renewable energy.

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To reduce CO2 emissions at a speed that will be sufficient enough to keep the world’s temperature below two degrees, 66 percent of all electricity must be produced by renewable energy sources in 2040.

Consequently, the IEA urges all countries to follow the Danish example and accelerate the expansion of wind turbines and solar panels and integrating these in the energy mix.

“Denmark is doing a great job in relation to wind energy, energy efficiency and developing new, sustainable technologies. You are a role model – a small country with global vision. Do more of what you are doing and share your solutions with the rest of the world,” was the verdict from the IEA’s director Fatih Birol, when he presented a summary of the World Energy Outlook 2018 in Copenhagen yesterday.

The future belongs to flexible electricity consumption

The IEA emphasises that the increasing amount of renewable energy also places new demands on the energy system. With increasing amounts of renewable energy that vary constantly, the need for more flexible electricity consumption increases and where it will be neccessary to incentivise consumers to divert their energy consumption to periods with low energy demand. This will help to ensure a stable and clean energy system in the future.

The report’s executive summary can be accessed here.

Source: The DanishMinistry of  Energy, Utilities and Climate and Danish Energy

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