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Renewable energy accounts for 13.5 pct of Q3 electricity consumption

Estonian news - etea October 31, 2012

Baltic News Service, 31.10.2012

Electricity produced from renewable sources accounted for 13.5 percent of total consumption in Estonia in the third quarter compared to 13 percent a year ago.

The total production of renewable energy increased by 6 percent to 257 gigawatt-hours in annual comparison, the transmission system operator Elering said.

Electricity produced from biomass and biogas made up 61 percent, wind energy 37 percent and hydro energy 2 percent of the total. The growth was supported by the addition of new wind farms which increased the amount of wind energy by 31 GWh to 95 GWh.

Wind generation capacity connected to the transmission system totals 258 megawatt of which 85.6 megawatt was connected during the third quarter.

The amount of renewable energy produced from biomass decreased by 18 GWh to 157 GWh.

“Considering the renewable energy production volumes so far this year and changes in the use of biomass that are already known, it is essential to put in place a legal framework by amending the electricity market law in order to achieve Estonia’s renewable energy targets,” Elering CEO Taavi Veskimagi said. “This would enable as many renewable energy plants in planning as possible to get some of the funds used today to subsidize renewable energy.”

The amount of subsidized renewable energy was slightly smaller than total production in the third quarter. All told, 192 GWh of electricity produced from renewable sources was subsidized in the three months compared to the year-earlier 204 GWh.

Applications were filed for subsidies totaling 10.3 million euros.

 

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