Wind Providing 30% Of World Leader Denmark’s Electricity

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Denmark, already the world’s leader in wind energy, gained a couple more percentage points in 2012, and wind was now responsible for meeting 30 percent of the country’s electricity consumption. The Danish Wind Association said this latest step forward puts the country “well on its way toward a target of 50 percent wind energy in 2020.”

New capacity helped spur the rising wind production; the Danes said 170 megawatts were added, while the Global Wind Energy Council in a report last week put the figure at 217 MW, and said Denmark had 4,162 MW online at the end of 2012. Portions of the big Anholt offshore wind farm began producing power last year, and this year the rest of the it is scheduled to follow suit.