Danish wind turbines curtailed like never before

After a quadrupling over a single year, a German TSO last year paid more than EUR 70 million to downwardly regulate Danish power generation, mainly in the form of wind turbines shutting down.

This turbine isn't spinning; and not necessarily just because it's in a static photo. | Photo: Claus Bonnerup

The wind blew more than usual in 2020 across Denmark, and a higher number of wind turbines were installed. And yet, there was once again no success raising wind energy's share of domestic power consumption above the magic threshold of 50 percent. If wind power's proportion even rose compared to the 46.9 percent seen in 2019, it would have been by a tiny margin.

The cause is as simple as it is perplexing: Increasingly often, wind turbines were shut off when the wind was blowing.

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