Low FITs choked Austrian wind

Wind farm installation costs in the Alps are up to 10% higher

Wind farm installation costs in the Alps are up to 10% higher

Austria is a prime example of how low feed-in tariffs (FITs) can choke renewables development, new figures show.

Only when FITs were increased in 2010 did the Austrian wind sector really start to take off, says Johann Winkelmeier, managing director of Energiewerkstatt, a consultancy that does wind research and compiles wind maps.

“For that, the political will is fundamental,” he tells Recharge at EWEA 2013.

In 2002, as part of its Green Electricity Law, Austria established a FIT of €0.078 ($0.105) per kWh. From 2006, it gradually declined to a low of €0.075 in 2010. As a result, new wind installations fell from 276MW in 2003 to virtually nothing Log in to read complete article.

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