Wind power capacity in Denmark increased by 169 MW in 2016, bringing the total to 5,246 MW (Table 1). In 2016, 228 MW of new turbines were installed while 59 MW were dismantled. No new wind turbines were installed offshore in 2016. Electricity production from wind turbines corresponded to 37.6% of the domestic electricity supply, compared to 42% in 2015. In 2016, Denmark’s energy consumption came from the following sources:
- 38.4% from oil
- 28.9% from renewable sources
- 16.2% from natural gas
- 11.7% from coal
- 2.4% from imported electricity
- 2.2% from nonrenewable waste
The wind energy index fell from a record 114 in 2015 to 90.2 in 2016. This resulted in a decline for both the wind energy production and the wind share of domestic electricity supply, despite increased capacity. The largest rated turbine is still the 8-MW Vestas with a 140-m tower, which was erected at the Østerild test site during December 2013 and January 2014. Two other 8-MW Vestas demo turbines on 118-m towers were installed near the harbor of Esbjerg in 2015 and 2016. Publicly-funded wind R&D was reduced substantially in 2016.