Austria adds 309MW wind in 2013

Windpark Haindorf-Inning in Austria

Windpark Haindorf-Inning in Austria

Austria added a record 308.6MW of new wind energy capacity in 2013 and is heading for even more installations this year, thanks to a more stable support regime introduced in 2012.

In 2012, new installations had already jumped to 296MW, from very low figures in the previous five years before a reform of the renewable energy support scheme called Ökostromgesetz (Ecological Electricity Act).

“For a second year in a row more wind energy capacity has been installed than ever before,” says Stefan Moidl, managing director of the Austrian wind power association IG Windkraft.

“That shows the positive impact of the Ökostromgesetz of 2012.”

Last year’s boom brought the Alpine country’s accumulated installation figure to 1.68GW. That is still a far cry from the more than 34GW Germany likely has installed by Log in to read complete article.

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