Largest Austrian state now 100% renewable

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Lower Austria, home to 1.65 million people, is now sourcing all of its energy from renewable sources.

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The state of Lower Austria, in the country's northeast, is now 100% powered by clean energy. Shuttershock
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The state of Lower Austria, in the country's northeast, is now 100% powered by clean energy. Shuttershock
The state of Lower Austria, in the country’s northeast, is now 100% powered by clean energy.
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Lower Austria, home to 1.65 million people, is now sourcing all of its energy from renewable sources, led by hydroelectric but with wind, solar and biomass playing their part, officials say.

The largest state in Austria now runs on 100% clean and renewable energy, officials confirmed on Thursday.

Erwin Proell, premier of Lower Austria, which has a population of 1.65 million, told a news conference that the state is now generating its electricity solely from renewable sources, led by hydroelectric power, which supplies 63% of the state’s energy.

Solar PV’s share is comparatively low, at 2%, but is part of a growing mix of alternative fuel sources, including wind power (36%) and biomass (9%) that is altering the state’s energy landscape.

“We have invested heavily to boost energy efficiency and to expand renewables,” said Proell. “Since 2002 we have invested $3 billion in eco-electricity, from solar parks to renewing hydroelectric stations on the Danube.”

According to the premier, these initiatives have helped nurture some 38,000 green jobs, and Lower Austria hopes to increase that figure to 50,000 by 2030.

Solar PV in Austria is not as prominent as in neighboring countries such as Germany or Italy, but data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) published in pv magazine’s November issue reveals that the country is on course to around 200 MW of new PV capacity this year, and is forecast to hit 215 MW in 2016. Cumulatively, Austria has approximately slightly more than 800 MW of solar PV installed according to the IEA-PVPS.

Source: PV Magazine. Reproduced with permission.

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2 Comments
  1. Andrew Lang 4 years ago

    Ok, 100% of renewable electricity yes, but 100% of renewable energy no. And this is possible when hydro is so big a part of the electricity mix.
    In Austria electricity is only about 25-30% of all final energy use. But Austria overall does have the target to be getting 100% of electricity and of space heating from renewables, with the state of Upper Austria aiming for about half from hydro and half from biomass by 2030. Last I heard they had gone past 15% of each.

  2. Ronald Brakels 4 years ago

    All electricity comes from renewables in largest Austrian state and smallest Australian state. Well, actually Tasmania has been having some difficulty due to a lack of rain. Tastoria (Tasmania plus Victoria since they are into each other’s electricity all the time) could definitely do with some more wind farms and rooftop solar.

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