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Wind power in Austria growing at record rate

12 February 2015

Austria is an international trailblazer in renewable energy. Output has doubled in the wind power sector in just three years.

Austria’s wind power sector can look back on three particularly successful years. Since the Green Electricity Act came into force in 2012, EUR 1.7 bn has been invested in expanding wind power and 365 wind turbines with total output of 1,015 MW have been built. This marks a two-fold increase in wind power in this period. Further wind turbines with a capacity of around 390 MW are set to come on line in 2015.

Austria currently has 1,016 wind turbines with total output of 2,095 MW. They produce an annual 4.5 bn kilowatt hours of clean energy and are therefore able to meet 7.2% of Austria’s electricity demand.

A study by IG Windkraft (in German) on the realisable potential of wind power in Austria shows that it would be possible to achieve total output of 3,800 MW by 2020 and 6,650 MW by 2030. In the future wind power could therefore cover 13.5% (2020) and then 24% (2030) of Austria’s electricity demand.

Investments of EUR 1.7 bn in the past three years and 160 companies in the supply and service sector with exports of over EUR 600m, have made the wind energy industry, with a 5,600-strong workforce, into a key economic driver for Austria.