Denmark to go 100% renewables by 2050

Posted by petespeller — 29 March 2012 at 1:24pm - Comments
Middelgrunden offshore windfarm in Denmark
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Middelgrunden offshore windfarm in Denmark

Hot on the heels of Germany’s ambitious renewable energy plans, the Danish government went even further and announced last week that they plan to get half of their country’s total electricity requirement from renewable sources by 2020 and 100% of total energy, including electricity, heating, industry and transport, by 2050.

Their ambitious plans will see a massive shift away from expensive and highly polluting fossil fuels to offshore wind and increased energy efficiency – the plans include reducing overall need for energy by 12% in 2020.

In their announcement, the Danish government acknowledged that gas prices are set to soar in the coming years and that a shift to renewables would mean they are no longer tied to the volatile price of fossil fuels.  The UK’s energy regulator OFGEM has also highlighted gas as the primary cause of the massive energy price hikes consumers have suffered here in the UK.

This announcement from Denmark comes just after Chancellor George Osborne announced in his budget speech that gas would “be the largest single source of our electricity in the coming years” - effectively pledging that the future of the UK’s energy supply will be even more reliant upon expensive, imported and highly polluting gas.

Under Osborne’s plans, millions of households in Britain would be forced to ride the gas price rollercoaster, therefore facing decades of unstable bills and very likely further price hikes. And the Committee on Climate Change – the government’s independent advisers on how to stay within our national carbon budgets – warned yesterday this new ‘dash for gas’ could also risk us missing our climate targets.

Ed Davey needs to stand up to gas company lobbyists so that our bills come down – and pollution levels do too.

Does Denmark's plan rule out nuclear energy too? If so, that's very exciting.

Denmark never had any nuclear power plants and long ago decided not to build any. That is not going to change.

When this plan was announced, Martin Lidegaard, the Danish minister for climate, energy, and building, said that, "“....Moreover, it will create some of the jobs that we need so desperately, now and in the coming years.”"

Only a couple of days ago an economics energy expert gave a statement to a Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy on the creation of green jobs. He revealed the most efficient way ever of creating green jobs, which could save Denmark DKK billions:

Congratulations Denmark!....leaving us behind,... but one day we will Have to Follow

I say we ban all fossil fuels NOW, and let's make an example by all Greenpeace supporters not using cars,aeroplanes,trains or anything that uses fossil fuels.Do our leaders agree?

Well no,all mouth and no action.But take my cash and live in luxury,Hypocrites.

Interesting article.

Wildcat marine wind farm support work boats.

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