Austria on track to generating 100 percent green electricity

Austria has set itself the goal of meeting 100 percent of its electricity consumption in 2030 from renewable energies. A new law on subsidies is being drafted in order to achieve this target – the Renewable Energy Act (Erneuerbaren Ausbau Gesetz, EAG). This act succeeds the Green Electricity Act 2012 and should come into force on 1 January 2020. Wien Energie also attaches particular importance to renewable sources of energy. We will invest EUR 500 million in renewable energy sources between now and 2023.

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Background information

The Austrian climate and energy strategy #mission2030 has defined the objective of increasing the share of renewable energies in gross end energy consumption to 45-50 percent by 2030, with 100 percent of total national electricity consumption in 2030 to be met by renewable energies, meaning that an additional 22-27 TWh of renewable electricity will be needed by 2030. Around 11-13 TWh must come from photovoltaic power, wind power must add another 12-13 TWh and hydro power plants are expected to increase the energy production by 10-11 TWh.   

Our demands

Wien Energie supports the objectives of the #mission2030 strategy along with the expansion of renewable energy. The following points should be considered in order to be able to do this efficiently and while maintaining security of supply.

Expanding the production of electricity from renewable sources means that there will be gaps in supply depending on the time of day and year. Hence flexible thermal power plants are needed to fill these gaps. In order to ensure the long-term availability of power plants that can be used in a flexible during these times, power plant operators must have planning security and be compensated economically for maintaining this availability.

When it comes to developing a new system for funding green electricity, Wien Energie proposes a funding model that focuses on providing support by means of variable market premiums with calls for tender. Market premiums should be paid out for a period of 20 years. Further key points include the following:

  • Funding is to be awarded on the basis of sustainable technology-specific tendering procedures for wind power and solid biomass cogeneration plants, photovoltaic systems with upgradable capacity of between 500 kWp and 5 MW and hydropower plants larger than 1 MW.
  • Before parties are able to participate in a tender, strict criteria must be met to ensure that the projects can be implemented.
  • Given to the large number of players in the field of small-scale PV systems, investment subsidies appear to be the sensible approach as they are easier to manage.
  • For existing large-scale biomass plants, the EAG must ensure that a system is in place to guarantee the functionality of these facilities, irrespective of any potential interim solution.

Significant investment must be made in photovoltaics in order to be able to achieve the objectives of the #mission2030 strategy. In order to ensure that there is sufficient space available, support and funding should be in place for the following areas:

  • Systems on a building, structure or business premises
  • Systems on an existing production facility or in the immediate vicinity
  • Systems on a parking area, a traffic-related zone or the side of a road (hard shoulder)
  • Systems at a landfill site.

Further information

Your contact person

Tobias Rieder
Tobias Rieder

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