Lower Austria to invest EUR 330m in wind expansion in 2022

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February 21 (Renewables Now) - The wind power expansion in the state of Lower Austria will gain momentum this year with the planned installation of 57 new turbines and investment of about EUR 330 million (USD 374.68m), Austria's wind energy association IG Windkraft said on Monday.

After the slowdown registered in 2020, wind power generation in Lower Austria rose again last year as the state's 735 wind turbines generated around 4 billion kWh of clean electricity. With 57 new wind turbines planned for this year, the addition of new wind capacity in the state will reach the level of 2016.

The expansion of wind power in Lower Austria is developing in the right direction but it is still far below the record year 2015 when 93 machines were switched on, said IG Windkraft's head Stefan Moidl.

While four states in Austria produce more renewable energy than they need, Lower Austria has not reached that level yet, Moidl noted. Currently, wind power covers nearly 30% of the electricity needs of the state while electricity from all renewable sources accounts for at least 92%.

After the Austrian parliament approved the Renewables Expansion Law (EAG) in January, the expansion of renewables depends mainly on the framework conditions in the states which should designate more areas for such projects, said WEB Windenergie's chief executive Frank Dumeier. In addition, the approval procedures must be accelerated and simplified without compromising on the quality, Dumeier added.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.135)

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