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A surge in wind power production helped Denmark increase its percentage of renewable energy to 40.7% in 2011, finds a new report published by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA).

Electricity production based on renewable energy accounted for 40.7% of domestic electricity supply in 2011, of which wind power contributed 28.1%, the DEA says.

Observed energy consumption dropped by 6.4% in 2011 and was almost down to the 1990 level. The large decrease is due to warmer weather in 2011 than in 2010 and a larger contribution from wind power. Furthermore, Denmark was a net importer of electricity in 2011 and, therefore, used less fuel at power plants.

The DEA also calculates adjusted energy consumption, in which it adjusts for fluctuations in climate and foreign trade in electricity. Adjusted energy consumption, which describes the underlying trends, dropped by 0.9% in 2011, which was primarily due to lower transformation losses, as wind power accounts for a larger proportion of electricity supply.


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