The electricity consumption (incl transmission loss) was 33.6 TWh in 2015 and has risen by 0.4 per cent since 2014. The increase in consumption follows 4 years of decreasing consumption. Energinet.dk's statement of the Danish electricity consumption has from 2012 onwards been corrected for electricity generation from photovoltaic cells subject to net settlement, whereby the generation here from no longer figures as a fall in the total electricity consumption. By now, the many photovoltaic cell units in Denmark annually generate what corresponds to 2 per cent of the Danish electricity consumption, and a lacking correction will thus not give a true picture of the size of the electricity consumption. The method for calculating the electricity generation from photovoltaic cells subject to net settlement is available under links to the right.
For more information about development of the electricity consumption in Denmark and a division of the electricity consumption (excluding transmission loss) into application, reference is made to the annual energy statistics from Danish Energy Agency (only available in Danish).
The development of the Danish electricity consumption from 1990 to 2025
The below figure shows the historic development in the electricity consumption in Denmark from 1990 to 2015, and the expected development towards 2025.
Electricity consumption and generation in Denmark, historic and forecast towards 2025
Electricity consumption in Denmark increased by approximately 13 per cent from 1990 to 2015. The Danish electricity consumption peaked in 2008 with 36.1 TWh, but has subsequently dropped by approx. 7 per cent. In particular, the production sector's electricity consumption has decreased since 2008.
In total, the electricity consumption forecast show an increase in the electricity consumption of 7.8 TWh from 2015 to 2025, corresponding an increase of 23 per cent. Part of the increase in the electricity consumption towards 2025 can be explained by a gradual introduction of electric boilers, heat pumps and electric vehicles. Electric boilers and heat pumps are thus expected to constitute 4.8 per cent of the total annual electricity consumption in 2025 of 41.4 TWh. Similarly, the electricity consumption required for the charging of electric vehicles is expected to constitute 0.9 per cent of the Danish electricity consumption in 2025. Another key factor in the increase of electricity consumption, is the installment of several large data centers in Denmark. They are expected to have an electricity consumption corresponding to 13.1 per cent of the total consumption in 2025.