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Wind Energy in Denmark

2021 wind energy numbers

Denmark continues to be a global leader in variable renewable integration. Due to a poor wind year, wind-generated electricity fell to 44% but is expected to increase significantly in the years to come.

The energy islands in the Danish waters are advancing with various site investigations, necessary legislation, and market design. R, D&D priorities reflect wind energy being a dominant part of the energy system, focusing on appropriate test facilities, system integration, power-to-x (PtX), and social perception.

To read more about Denmark’s wind energy sector, read their chapter in the IEA Wind TCP 2021 Annual Report.



Total wind power capacity is 6,995 MW.


Wind power capacity in Denmark increased by 754 MW in 2021.


Denmark produces 16.08 TWh from wind energy, which accounts for 43.8% of the country’s electricity consumption.
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National Targets

In accordance with the Energy Agreement from 2018, the national target is 55% renewable energy by 2030, equivalent to more than 100% renewable electricity, and the phase-out of coal in the energy system. In 2011, the Danish Government set the target to become independent of fossil fuels by 2050.

Progress & Operational Details

Developments in a number of wind turbines and capacity. In 2021, the net installed capacity was almost 7,000 MW, of which offshore wind accounts for 2,300 MW. 2021 was a historically poor wind year with 10% fewer wind resources than usual. The wind-generated electricity, therefore, was 43.8% of the power production. It would, however, have been 3.5% higher if the production from wind turbines had not been curtailed due to congestion in the German grid.

National RDD Priorities and Budget

The Danish R, D&D funding landscape relevant to wind energy consists of The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP), administered by the Danish Energy Agency and Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD). In addition, the Independent Research Council supports wind energy-related research. Further, private foundations and the industry itself finance wind energy R, D&D, which is not accounted for here.



Find address, contact information, and opening hours for the Danish Energy Agency.

Danish Energy Agency

Carsten Niebuhrs Gade 43
1577 Copenhagen V

Opening hours (CET)

Monday – Thursday from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m
Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Any Question at

+45 33 92 67 00

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Member Karina Remler

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