December 17 (Renewables Now) - The share of renewables in Austria’s electricity consumption slipped by 1.2% in 2017, registering its first decline since 2010, the Austrian wind energy association IG Windkraft announced.
Analysing Statistik Austria figures, IG Windkraft said the share of renewable power fell to 72.2% in the past year, while the country’s overall electricity consumption climbed by 2.2% to 74 billion kWh.
Renewables generation in 2017 was marked by a drop in hydropower production, but there was an upsurge in wind power production, which reached an above-average level.
"It's really incomprehensible why politicians do not allow the 200 fully-approved wind turbines to be installed immediately, rather than leaving them in a year-long queue with no perspective for realisation," said Stefan Moidl, IG Windkraft’s managing director. According to him the country is “going in the wrong direction” due to the lack of support for the further growth of renewables.