In his letter to the editor, “Wind power potential” (BDN, April 3), Peter Millard repeats a misleading claim about Danish wind power, that Denmark derives 20 percent of its electricity from wind power. This is not true. Although the power generated by wind in Denmark corresponds to about 20 percent of Danish consumption, much of that power has to be exported because it is produced at times when Danish customers don’t need it.
It is impossible to store electricity, so if the wind blows when Danish customers don’t need power, as it often does, the electricity is exported – sometimes sold well below the going price, or even given away to Germany and other neighboring countries. At other times, when electricity is needed, there is not sufficient wind, so Denmark must import power. It is thus not surprising that Danes pay some of the highest prices for power in Europe.
For those interested in Danish wind power I recommend studies by Dr. V.C. Mason, who has lived for years in Denmark and done exhaustive research on the subject. You can find his work as well as further information on wind power through the Web at
12 April 2008
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