Originally posted by Metal Brain
....for Denmark. Do you seriously believe all countries have that kind of wind potential?
I clearly said "renewables", NOT "wind". Why exclude all other renewables other than wind to go 100% renewable?
Generally, assuming no international supergrid is used, a balanced MIXTURE of different types of renewables will be used in each country go 100% renewable and the details of the proportions of each type will depend on the location and the potential local renewable resources.
But, with an international supergrid spanning many countries (which would be built to pay for itself in the long run ), there would be much less such reason to have to use such a balanced mixture of renewables in each country, which will make going 100% renewable even easier as this would allow each country to just concentrate on the type of renewables that work best at its location almost ignoring the resulting its variability of its production and then simply import electricity when it is short of its own electric production and export electricity when it produces a surplus. Providing enough counties and large enough expanse is connected to such a supergrid, there will be much less variability in electric production across the supergrid as a whole thus greatly reducing the undesirable need for off-the-grid energy storage because that is currently one of the more expensive options although the cost of off-the-grid will keep going down as the technology improves until it eventually becomes very affordable. But still, even in the meantime, some off-the-grid energy storage could be used so to eliminate the need of any fossil fuels even at times backup is needed.
I envisage that there will one day be a world wide supergrid that will virtually eliminate need for off-the-grid energy storage and that, only excluding a tiny possible proportion possibly coming from nuclear although we may have no nuclear, all the electricity generated will be 100% renewable.
Incidentally, it just so happens that the UK is the windiest country in Europe, which means if there is that much wind potential in Denmark, there must be even more of it in the UK.