How Denmark is driving the transition to clean energy

How Denmark is driving the transition to clean energy

Driving across the Danish countryside, they cannot be missed: towering white wind turbines as far as the eye can see, their slow-turning blades providing a 21st century counterpoint against the flat landscape of fields and farmhouses.

Denmark has committed to renewable energy further and faster than any country in Europe.  The Scandinavian nation generates a third of its annual electricity demand from wind, and solar capacity is growing as well. For countries that want to green their energy mix, there is no better place to get a glimpse of the future than Denmark.

Its pioneering spirit has brought great benefits, and international acclaim, but like all first movers, Denmark is also learning as it goes.

However, long-term planning and transmission operation is kept in the hands of and other non-profit entities that operate under a mandate to work in the interest of electricity consumers and society as a whole. There are incentives for renewable energy generation, but new solar and wind projects must go through a rigorous vetting process to ensure they are properly located and built out to make the overall system stronger and more reliable.

The net result is an electricity sector that fosters competition, prioritizes clean energy, and meets long-term demand while keeping costs down.

Source: World Economic Forum

Date: March 2015

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