Wind Energy in Denmark: A Short History

Katinka Johansen*

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This history of wind energy in Denmark describes how top-down policy support and bottom-up initiatives shaped the Danish wind power sector, ultimately facilitating the integration of wind energy in the grid. From the early days of wind power, innovative entrepreneurs tinkered with and improved upon the emergent wind power technologies, but coal and oil remained the prioritized fuels for the almost entirely energy importdependent country. After the economic shock of the global energy crisis in the 1970s, the Danish government focused on energy efficiency, independence, and diversification and sought alternatives to oil. Proactive antinuclear movements called for alternatives to nuclear power.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9408452
JournalIEEE Power & Energy Magazine
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)94-102
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2021


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