Denmark, already a world leader in renewable energy, climate policy, and cleantech innovation, has just unveiled a new energy plan, covering the next eight years. While perhaps not the most ambitious in the world, it certainly is very near the top.
Some of the highlights:
By 2020, 35% of all energy in the nation coming from renewable sources, half of which will be from wind power.
By 2020, Carbon emissions 34% lower than 1990 levels—which is in the range required, should all nations follow a similar path (they aren't...), to keep global temperature rise below 2°C.
By 2020, the average Danish household will be paying $231 more in energy costs, per year. That's just $4.81 a week, for those without a calculator handy—as in, not much at all. Corporations will pay $35 more per employee for energy costs.
By 2020, a 600 MW, and a 400 MW offshore wind farm will be built. A further 500 MW of smaller projects is also expected to be built. Zoning for an additional 1.8 GW of offshore wind power will also be in place.
By 2016, $18 million has be allocated for renewable energy research; $4.5 million will be dedicated to wave power research.
By 2016, no existing building will be allowed to install oil heating, where district heating or natural gas is available. By 2013, no new building will be allowed to install oil or gas heat at all. Prior to these bans, in 2012-2015, $7.5 million worth of grants will be made available to replace oil and natural gas heating systems with renewable energy alternatives.