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Estonia: Wind energy production in Q2 up 35 pct on year

Estonian news - eteap July 26, 2012

Baltic News Service, 26.07.2012

The amount of electricity produced in Estonia from wind energy increased in the second quarter of this year by 35 percent in annual comparison and accounted for 21 percent of electric power produced from renewable sources.

Electricity generated from waste, biomass and biogas made up the most, or 76 percent, of renewable energy, wind energy accounted for 21 percent and hydro energy for 3 percent, the transmission system operator Elering said. Compared to the previous year, the amount of electric power produced from biomass increased by nearly 60 percent.

Renewable energy accounted for 20.4 percent of electricity consumption in the second quarter. Year on year, production increased by 51 percent, totaling 403 gigawatt-hours.

Renewable energy subsidies paid in the second quarter amounted to nearly 20 million euros, almost half more than the year before when payouts totaled 13.3 million euros.Subsidies to electricity production from biomass and biogas grew by six million euros to a total of 16.5 million euros. The main reason for the increase was extensive use of biomass at the Narva-based power plants of the state-owned energy group Eesti Energia. Q2 subsidies to the Narva power plants grew 2.2 times to more than 10 million euros.

Electricity production from renewable sources in the first half of the year corresponds to 57 percent of Elering’s annual forecast.


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