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Denmark reached 40-year record low energy consumption level in 2015

14 Apr 2016

According to the Danish Energy Agency’s preliminary energy statistics for 2015, energy consumption in Denmark decreased again in 2015 by 1.1%, to the lowest level since the 1970s.
Record high wind power generation and electricity imports contributed to a reduction in the share of electricity consumption covered by domestic power plants in 2015 and to a 31% fall in coal consumption in 2015 (back to a 1970s level). However, consumption of oil, gas and renewable energy increased by 3.5%, 1.4% and 2.1%, respectively. The strong decrease in coal consumption led to a 6.6% cut in CO2 emissions (-4.8% for total greenhouse gas emissions).
The share of renewable energies in gross energy consumption increased from 26% in 2014 to 27.2% in 2015, but higher electricity imports degraded Denmark's degree of self-sufficiency for energy (coverage of energy consumption by domestic production), which dropped from 90% in 2014 to 89% in 2015. However, Denmark continues to be a net exporter of oil and gas, with a degree of self-sufficiency of 120% in 2015.
Primary energy production declined by 2.4% in 2015 (-5.4% for crude oil and -0.6% for gas), while renewable production grew by 2.8%.

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