Austria breaks installation record in 2013

AUSTRIA: Austria commissioned a record 309MW of new wind in 2013, compared with 296MW in 2012, reported Austrian wind association IG Windkraft today.

Püspök's Mönchhof Nord project featuring Enercon E101 turbines
Püspök's Mönchhof Nord project featuring Enercon E101 turbines

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Austria's wind fleet reached 1,687MW at end-2013, while a new record is forecast this year.

Installation of about 483MW should begin in 2014, with 380MW likely to be commissioned before year-end, the organisation said. Austria would then top 2GW.

More than half (52%) of the new 2013 capacity was in the Austrian state of Burgenland. This is where Püspök Group, the country's largest privately-owned wind developer, plays a major role. The company now operates 79 turbines with 212 MW in Austria.

This follows a bumper year for wind in 2012, with a 27% increase in new installations. By the end of the year, 1.38GW of wind was generating electricity in Austria, up from 1.08GW at the end of 2011.

Again, Burgenland was the centre of action with 223MW installed.

The driver behind the expansion is a revision of the eco-electricity law, which was approved by the European Commission in February 2012 and came into effect in July 2012.

This raised the annual sum available for feed-in tariffs (FITs) from EUR 21 million to EUR 50 million, of which EUR 11.5 million is earmarked for wind energy.

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