Earlier this month Denmark saw a remarkable rise in wind power production, according to the Guardian.  Unusually high winds in the region resulted in the production of electricity which catered to 140% of the country’s energy demands. That surplus was then evenly distributed among Denmark’s neighbours, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

Though not a regular occurrence, the event has sparked optimism among wind power advocates. Oliver Joy, a spokesman for trade body the European Wind Energy Association, was quoted saying: ‘It shows that a world powered 100% by renewable energy is no fantasy. Wind energy and renewables can be a solution to decarbonization – and also security of supply at times of high demand.’

With such results, there is hope that Denmark’s wind power may even allow it to reach its 2020 goal of producing half the nation’s electricity from renewable sources ahead of schedule.

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Author: Donald Armbrecht is a freelance writer and social media producer. 

Image: An off-shore wind farm stands in the water near the Danish island of Samso. REUTERS/Bob Strong