Denmark Provides an Energy Model for the United States

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Denmark Provides an Energy
Model for the United States


Power Hungry

Chapter 10

Statements in Question




Denmark is a role model for all countries in need
of renewable energy



Denmark no longer has to import oil



Denmark has very little coal imports



1/5
th

of Denmark is wind powered




Reality



The Danes now have some of the world’s most
expensive electricity, residential costs: $0.35
kilowatt
-
hour, U.S is $0.10 kilowatt
-
hour
1



The Danes import not some, but ALL of their coal



13% of total energy is wind energy, needs back
-
up
source
1




Coal consumption has increased and shows no
sign of going down, oil is no longer imported, it’s
exported

Kilowatt
-
Hour

Source: Energy Information Administration, “Denmark Energy Data”,
Energy Statistics, 2007

Wind Power vs. Hydrocarbons, Denmark’s Consumption in 2007

Review



Wind power needs a back
-
up power source such
as oil or coal



No oil is imported due to large amounts of
offshore drilling, maybe U.S. should take note



Denmark has some of the world’s most expensive
electricity



No overall benefit in wind power, no decrease in
use of hydrocarbons, only benefits are to those of
the wind turbine owners and land owners


Sources


1.
Bryce, Robert. "Chapter 10."

Power Hungry: The Myths of "green"
Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future. New York, NY:
PublicAffairs
,
2010. 103
-
16.


2.
Energy
Information Administration, “Denmark Energy Data”, Energy
Statistics, 2007





Questions?

Questions Over Chapter

1.
25% of Denmark’s energy comes from wind power.
True or False


2.
Wind energy doesn’t need a back
-
up source.
True or False


3.
Denmark does not import any oil.
True or False