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Niederösterreich, Austria      

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“We are independent of electricity from fossil fuels,” declared Landeshauptmann (Governor) Erwin Pröll, of Niederösterreich, located in NE Austria, sharing borders with Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The state is Austria’s most populous, home to 1.65 Million Austrians. The 100% renewable electricity accomplishment was announced in November 2015 but is seen as but one step in an ongoing process by the state government. The success has not curtailed continued renewable redevelopment, as the state has plans to decommission the remaining coal fired power plant by 2020. Looking further into the future, there are statewide plans to generate 50% of all the state’s total energy demand via renewable sources by 2030. This includes increasing the production of bio-fuels for transportation and heating/cooling needs.

The 100% renewable electric production comes from a blend of generation technologies. The state now gets 63% of its electricity from hydroelectric power, 26% from wind energy, nine percent from biomass and two percent from solar. The increase in renewable electrical production came via several steps, including upgrading existing hydro-electric turbines and the opening of a 46 MW wind park in 2013. Looking towards the future, there is also a pilot project under development studying a wind to hydrogen storage system.

Another focus of Niederösterreich’s renewable energy push is based on the region’s economic development, as renewable energy jobs have spurned on employment and the development of small and medium locally owned businesses. Mr Pröll stated that there is an expected increase of 12,000 jobs related to renewable development by 2030, after already experiencing the creation of over 38,000 jobs in the renewable energy field. The CEO of Brainbows, an information technology company in Vienna, estimate that Niederösterreich’s state economy has seen €2.8 Billion introduced via green and renewable energy products and employment since 2002.

19/1/17

 

General Details

Timeline: 100% RE in electricity by 2015 and 50% RE in all sectors by 2030
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Project Features

Scope of engagement
yes Local/regional
Quality of the objectives
yes Intermediate objectives
Binding effect of the objectives
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