03 Jul '11, 10am

#Denmark to be 42% #wind powered by 2020 - Trying for 100% by 2050 ! #WindEnergy #Sustainable #Green

The concrete plans call for ramping up wind to 42% and biomass to 20% by 2020. Beyond that, the nation will reevaluate its strategy. Anders Hasselager, Senior Policy Advisor for the Danish Energy Authority, described the nation's strategy thusly: When I asked him how much of the mix wind power might make up in 2050, he remarked "all of it". That's not the officially announced strategy, but it's an interesting answer -- biomass could be a near-term solution for the nation, and it could indeed plan on moving towards being primarily powered by wind. But wind doesn't blow all the time, quoth the critic, so how could a country even consider relying on it for baseload power? Well, in Denmark's case, it has a shared transmission system set up with Germany and Sweden, which allows it to export power when the wind blows beyond the nation's demand, and to import it when the gales ar...

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