To date most wind power developments have taken place in the state of Lower Austria, which has 84.2 MW (106 turbines) installed. The other states lag far behind, the closest being Steiermark with 20.6 MW (13 turbines), Burgenland with 18.4 MW (20 turbines) and Upper Austria with 10.6 MW (15 turbines).
Burgenland, however, could soon leap up the league table after a commitment by energy company Burgenländische Elektrizitätswirtschafts-Aktiengesellschaft to invest EUR 200 million in wind in coming years. Company directors Hans Likits and Günter Ofner welcome the eco-electricity law, Ökostromgesetz, introduced at the start of 2003 with a wind energy tariff of EUR 0.078/kWh. "The Ökostromgesetz has made wind power a calculable risk," they say. Furthermore, Austrian wind association IG Windkraft anticipates that as much as 100 MW could come online this year.