According to Danish officials, Denmark was proclaimed the most wind-powered country in world history for the second consecutive year.
According to Energinet, Danish utility company, Denmark reached an important milestone in 2015: a staggering 42 percent of its electricity was produced exclusively from wind power (it was a very windy year), setting a new world record. In comparison, the turbines generated only 19 percent of Denmark's electricity in 2005. The amount kept rising over the years until it reached 39 percent in 2014 (the United States produced a little over 4 percent in that same year), setting Denmark's first record. The country's long-term plan is to reach 50 percent wind energy by 2020 and, ambitiously, to rely fully on renewable energy sources by 2050.
Lars Christian Lilleholt, the country's minister for energy, utilities and climate, spoke to the Guardian and stated that he hopes Denmark could serve as an example to other countries that "it is possible to have both ambitious green policies with a high proportion of wind energy and other renewables in the energy supply, and still have a high security of supply and competitive prices on electricity."