Sweden is on the cusp of dethroning Denmark has the leading Scandinavian wind-energy producing nation, according to new figures from the Swedish wind energy trade association, Svensk Vindenergi.
Sweden expects to have established an additional 1,000 MW of wind energy by the end of 2014: an overall total of 5,400 MW that will most likely, depending on wind conditions, surpass Denmark’s wind energy capacity.
“Denmark has almost 4,900 MW and expansion is going slower than in Sweden,” noted a statement from the Danish energy advocate organisation, Dansk Energi.
“2014 will be the year that the Swedes will pass us – not in number of wind turbines, but in capacity.”
Less is more, in Sweden
The Swedes only had 2,663 wind turbines at the end of 2013, compared to Denmark’s 5,199, but on average the Swedish turbines are larger than their Danish counterparts and produced 10 million MW per hour in 2013, compared to 11.2 million in Denmark.
But despite the competition, Denmark is still by far the Scandinavia nation with the highest percentage of wind energy.
In 2013, one third of its national energy production came from wind energy.