Austria is the 2nd country using the most renewable resources in Europe – Euractiv FR

In 2023, after record years of expansion in the solar panel sector, Austria will generate 87% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. The country was placed just behind Luxembourg in the European ranking.

Much of Austria’s electricity has traditionally come from hydropower, thanks to dozens of power plants located along the country’s rivers. However, in recent years, the increase in electricity generation from “new” renewable energies such as wind and solar has contributed to the expansion of conventional structures.

Over the past year, 87% of Austria’s electricity was generated from renewables, the Austrian Environment Ministry said last Friday (January 5th), compared to 78% in 2022.

Only Luxembourg fared better with 89%, while Lithuania came third with 81%.

The government attributed this significant progress to solar energy, which has more than doubled to provide 4.4% of the country’s electricity, while wind turbines generate 15% of Austria’s electricity.

Austria hopes to produce 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. The country has also become a model for the sector in Brussels, creating an informal “Friends of Renewable” group for EU member states that includes almost a dozen countries.

Paris, which has created a similar group dedicated to nuclear power, has long been at odds with Vienna over the role of nuclear power in the bloc’s efforts to meet its climate goals.

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