This is about 2 percentage points higher than the wind output in 2011, which is likely due to the 170 megawatts of new capacity built both onshore and offshore this past year.
â€œAn increase of 2 percentage points may not sound as much, but it is in line with what we expect to reach the official target of 50% in 2020,â€ said the Danish Wind Industry Associationâ€™s chief economist Sune StrÃ¸m. â€œWe will see a slightly larger jump in 2013, when Anholt completed and there will again be some jumps when we connect the next big wind farms and near-shore turbines in 2017-2020.â€ Anholt is a large offshore wind farm that is expected to be completed at the end of 2013, providing 4% of Denmarkâ€™s electricity consumption.
There are several more plans in the work for wind farms, including 400 megawatts at Horns Rev III and 600 megawatts and Kriegerâ€™s Flak. There will also be 500 megawatts of near-shore turbines, 50 megawatts of which will be test turbines for potential future projects. In other words, Denmark is taking advantage of all the wind it can get and doesnâ€™t look to be slowing down the pace of wind power development.
Image CC licensed by Andreas Klinke Johannsen: Offshore windfarm near Copenhagen, Denmark