Largest state in Austria creates jobs, goes 100% renewable with its electricity

November 18, 2015

Lower Austria, the largest of the country’s nine states, announced this week that is has gone all in on clean energy, with 100 percent of its electricity generation for its 1.65-million-strong population now sourced from renewable energy.  Lower Austria is producing power from hydroelectric mechanisms, wind farms, biomass, and solar panels.

“We have invested heavily to boost energy efficiency and to expand renewables,” Erwin Proell said, premier of Lower Austria. “Since 2002 we have invested 2.8 billion euros (US$3 billion) in eco-electricity, from solar parks to renewing (hydroelectric) stations on the Danube.”

The focus on clean energy isn’t just good for the environment, either. According to the report, Lower Austria has created some 38,000 ‘green jobs’ thanks to its heavy investments in renewable energy production, and the state aims to up this to 50,000 positions by 2030. The rest of Austria is also remarkably invested in renewables, with 75 percent of the country’s electricity coming from clean energy.

 

As for the rest of Austria, 75 percent will be coming from renewable energy resources and 25 percent will be coming from fossil fuels. On the employment part, the country’s lower region claims to create 38,000 jobs in the renewable energy sector. The country as a whole aims to increase the total number of ‘green jobs’ by 2030 to 50,000.

Lower Austria Reichenau-general

Lower Austria, Reichenau general area

Lower Austria, one of the nine states of Austria, will be generating electricity coming from renewable resources. One of the region’s main power sources will be coming from hydroelectric power plants on the Danube River.

 

The Danube River is Europe’s second largest river. The river has aided claims of Lower Austria’s 63 percent generated electricity, which comes from hydroelectric resources. The region’s electric production is categorized as hydroelectricity, 26 percent that comes from wind energy, 9 percent from biomass, and 2 percent from solar energy.

This achievement of Lower Austria is an inspiration of hope amidst grim environmental news. This is also an evidence of how much the state has exerted to producing clean energy and diminishing carbon

Austria has been in the lead in the European region when it comes to generating electricity from renewable energy resources. Following behind are Denmark, Latvia, Portugal, and Sweden.

Sweden recently announced it was aiming to become the world’s first fossil-fuel-free nation, and Denmark has enjoyed success in generating and sharing surplus energy through its wind power network. Elsewhere in Europe, one of the world’s leaders in renewable energy production, Norway, announced recently it was banning cars from its capital’s city centre in an ambitious bid to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent.

Adapted from http://www.itechpost.com/articles/16745/20151112/lower-austria-generates-100-renewable-energy.htm and http://www.sciencealert.com/austria-s-largest-state-now-gets-100-percent-of-its-electricity-from-renewables