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Production of wind energy grew significally in 2010

EWPA's blog - eteap January 26, 2011

According to the Estonian transmission system operator (Elering) wind turbines produced last year 276 GWh CO2 emission-free electricity in Estonia, which is 44% more than the 191 GWh produced in 2009. The significant rise was triggered by new wind parks installed in the second half of 2009 in Aulepa, Vanaküla and Tooma, as well as in Virtsu during the year 2010.

The operators who produced electricity from renewable sources or using high-efficiency cogeneration were subsidized approx. 45,5 mil euros during 2010. Wind park operators took 18% of the renewable energy support share, as 8,2 mil. Euros was paid out to them.

The total amount of electricity generated using renewable sources grew more than 76 percent in comparison with 2009 to 862 GWh, accounting for nearly 10 percent of total consumption. In 2009 electricity produced from renewable sources made up 6 percent of total consumption.

According to Elering’s forecasts, the production of wind energy is expected to rise until 340GWh in 2011. Today the wind power capacity in Estonia is ~149MW. During 2010 only 6.9 MW was added.

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