Beyond Wind: New Challenges to the Expansion of Renewables in Denmark

Luis Boscán*, Brooks A. Kaiser, Lars Ravn-Jonsen

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Denmark serves as a model of adoption and market integration of renewables—particularly wind power. This success story has resulted from a favorable geographical location, cross-border cooperation with neighboring countries, and a well-struck balance between centralized planning and market-oriented policies. However, the transition between the successful present-day and a future fossil-free Denmark still presents several unresolved conundrums. We identify four challenges in Denmark’s transition to even more renewables. First, greening the transportation sector. Second, reforming the district heating sector while increasing its renewable usage. Third, removing the cost barriers for end-users to adopt electric transportation and heating. Fourth, meeting increasing flexibility requirements alongside dwindling domestic backup capacity. In addition, we identify lessons learned and transferrable experiences for other countries, to determine the extent to which the Danish success story can apply to other regions of the world.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Challenges and Solutions for Renewable Energy : Japan, East Asia and Northern Europe
EditorsPaul Midford, Espen Moe
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-54513-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-54514-7
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesInternational Political Economy Series

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