Renewables' share in Austria stands at about 60% in Feb

Fuerstkogel wind farm, Austria, BayWa r.e. Image by BayWa r.e.

March 28 (Renewables Now) - Renewable energy covered around 60% of the electricity consumption in Austria in February as wind power generation more than doubled in annual terms thanks to stormy weather, the Austrian Power Grid (APG) said on Friday.

Wind turbines across Austria produced 994 GWh of green electricity which exceeded the 947 GWh generated in January and accounted for nearly 18.5% of the country's electricity mix.

Top performers were again the states of Lower Austria and Burgenland where wind parks fed into the national power grid 266 GWh and 231 GWh, respectively.

The Alpine country used roughly 5,380 GWh of electricity in February with renewable power accounting for 3,170 GWh of the total. To fill the gap and meet the power needs at home, Austria raised electricity imports 12% year-on-year to 977 GWh and the rest came from conventional sources.

The data shows that the lack of transmission capacity caused bottlenecks and redispach work had to be performed on 47 days in the first two months of the year to ensure power supply in the country.

To support the energy transition in Austria, APG is planning to invest about EUR 370 million (USD 407.07m) this year alone and EUR 3.5 billion by 2032 to expand and upgrade the country's electricity infrastructure.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.100)

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