(ADPnews) - Sep 17, 2010 - Statistics Department of Estonia announced this week that the generation of green electricity in the country nearly tripled in 2009 compared to the preceding year.
The share of renewable energy in total output accounted for 6.1% last year, up from 2.1% in 2008 and 1% in 2007.
The production of electricity from renewable power sources was mainly boosted as a result of new wood chip-fired cogeneration facilities.
The department also noted that the new wind farms which arouse in the country during 2009 increased wind energy production by 47% in annual terms. Meanwhile, the production of hydro-powered electricity grew by over 14%.
Overall, the total electricity output in Estonia amounted to 8,779 GWh in 2009, down 17% in 2008. The decrease reflects declining demand by the local business sector and a considerable increase in electricity imports compared to exports.
By 2020, Estonia needs to derive 25% of its final energy consumption from renewables.