The roasted duck, the Danish Christmas cookies and the fairy lights make the
electricity consumption of the Danish households increase by approximately 40
million kWh. This corresponds to the annual consumption of approximately 10,000
households. During the whole of December, the electricity consumption of the
Danish private households increases to what corresponds to approximately DKK 80
million compared to a standard month.
Christmas Eve is an electricity bonanza
is at its peak on Christmas Eve when the ovens are working at their maximum. We
cook, roast and bake for what corresponds to DKK 10.2 million more or 6 million
kWh more on 24 December compared to an ordinary Thursday.
At weekdays in December, we have an increase in consumption of approximately
900,000 kWh in Danish households, corresponding to approximately DKK 1.7
million. But also at weekends during the Christmas month, there is clearly more
activity on the electricity front in the private homes than usual.
DONG Energy monitors the power grid and makes sure that sufficient energy is
produced to handle the demand. The electricity and gas grid is monitored
24/7/365. And this includes Christmas and New Year. A fixed duty roster combined
with clear procedures and emergency response plans make it possible for Mr and
Mrs Denmark to enjoy both Christmas and New Year with a hot roast on the dinner
table, electricity in the wall outlet and gas in the boiler.
Søren Pedersen, manager of the Netcenter (the Grid Centre) in DONG Energy,
explained how a typical Christmas Eve passes for the employees who are on
"Actually, there are no special challenges during Christmas which we must
take into account. Even though the electricity consumption is high, our power
system is still able to cope. Don't worry, there will be sufficient power for
all. So as consumer, you needn't worry. If the alarm should go off in the
Netcenter, only our own roasted duck will get cold while we solve the specific