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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Swedish wind overtakes Denmark

Swedish production up 54pc
Swedish production up 54pc

Jesper Starn

Swedish electricity output from wind turbines exceeded Denmark's for the first time in the six months through June.

Swedish production rose 54pc to 8.5 terawatt-hours, compared with a 3.5pc gain to 7.2 terawatt-hours in Denmark, according to the latest data from the nations' statistics services.

Wind output in Sweden has risen eight-fold since 2007 as a joint subsidy programme with Norway spurred expansion, outpacing a near-doubling of Danish production in the same period. Expansion of wind energy in Denmark has "stalled," Christian Holtz, an analyst at Stockholm-based engineering consultancy Sweco, said yesterday.

"There is less space left to build on, so Denmark has started to look more at repowering old units and building offshore, which is more expensive," he said.

Denmark has the world's highest share of wind power, which met 39pc of demand in 2014, according to, the nation's grid manager. That compares with a total contribution of 8pc in Sweden.

Denmark pioneered the wind power industry and developed the world's first large-scale turbine in 1978, while domestic manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S grew into the world's largest turbine maker.

Danish wind parks produced enough to supply 200,000 households for a year, a level Sweden only reached in 2007. (Bloomberg)

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