The power and potential of sustainable and renewable energy was highlighted recently by Denmark. On one unusually windy day wind power created 140% of their energy demands with so much created that it was shared with neighbouring countries. This 140% production wasn’t even the windfarms operating at their full capacity. With all of Denmark’s domestic needs met it shows once again the potential for all our energy needs to be met by sustainable means. It also shows the potential for an energy future free from fossil and nuclear sources of production.
“It shows that a world powered 100% by renewable energy is no fantasy,” said Oliver Joy, a spokesman for trade body the European Wind Energy Association. “Wind energy and renewables can be a solution to decarbonisation – and also security of supply at times of high demand.”
The figures emerged on the website of the Danish transmission systems operator, energinet.dk, which provides a minute-by-minute account of renewable power in the national grid. The site shows that Denmark’s windfarms were not even operating at their full 4.8GW capacity at the time of yesterday’s peaks.
This example of renewable energy proving to be more than sufficient coincides with a withdrawal in the UK of financial support for renewable energy in favour of environmentally destructive methods such as fracking.
Critics of the Government say onshore wind power is the best and cheapest opportunity the UK has of hitting its environmental targets. But the industry still needs support before it can stand on its own two feet, according to analysts, who point out that nuclear and fossil-fuel power stations also receive subsidies.
Dr Doug Parr, chief scientist and policy director at Greenpeace UK, said: “Wind and solar energy are at the point of becoming really competitive with fossil fuels, but failure to support them for another few years will result in huge losses of potential jobs.”
Dave James Horn