May 8 (Renewables Now) - Renewable power plants in Estonia generated 375 GWh of electricity in January-March and were responsible for 13.2% of the country’s total demand, shows data by transmission system operator (TSO) Elering.
For comparison, renewables generation in the first quarter of 2017 covered 15.8% of Estonia’s overall electricity consumption. The lower output in January-March reflects the decline of wind power production to 143 GWh, with a 19% drop in state subsidies. Thus, wind accounted for just 38% of the total renewables generation in the period.
Biomass, biogas and waste-to-energy were the leading renewable energy sources, producing 224 GWh, the same as a year before. This represents 59% of the first-quarter renewable energy generation.
The output of hydropower plants (HPPs) totalled 8 GWh, while solar power production came at 0.9 GWh, growing fourfold on a yearly basis.
In total, renewable energy and combined heat and power (CHP) subsidies in the first quarter amounted to EUR 20.3 million (USD 24.2m).
Estonia has set a goal to lift the share of renewables in total consumption to 17.6% by 2020, with an interim goal of 16.1% for 2018.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.192)