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Renewable energy generation in Estonia drops by third in Q1

Estonian news - eteap April 25, 2013

Baltic News Service, 25.04.2013

In all 261 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy was produced in Estonia in the first quarter of this year, one- third less than during the same period in 2012, the transmission system operator Elering said.

The biggest reductions were recorded in the amounts generated using biomass and biogas, and hydro energy, which declined respectively by 50 percent to 133 GWh and by 42 percent to 6 GWh.

The amount generated using wind energy meanwhile increased 10 percent to 122 GWh.

Renewable energy accounted for 9.6 percent of the total amount of energy consumed in Estonia in the first quarter.

Renewable energy support was paid on 77 percent of the renewable energy produced during the period. In all 10.8 million euros was paid out in subsidies during the three months, 42 percent less than in the same period a year ago.

The biggest reduction took place in subsidies for energy generated using biomass, which fell 52 percent mainly as a result of the fact that the Narva power plants of Eesti Energia no longer were paid a subsidy for burning biofuel, Elering said.

Payments declined also on wind energy and hydro energy, whereas for electric energy generated from biogas a bigger amount of money was paid out.

Despite the fact that several new wind farms have been launched in Estonia since the first quarter of last year and the amount of wind energy generated has grown, the amount of subsidy paid out on wind energy fell by one-tenth year on year. According to Elering, the reason for this may be that according to measurements conducted on the Pakri peninsula and at Virtsu, where several of the wind farms receiving a subsidy are situated, the average speed of wind this year was 16 percent lower than year ago.

Applications for high-efficiency cogeneration support were filed for 1.3 million euros overall, one-tenth less than a year ago. The amount of subsidized energy generated in high-efficiency cogeneration declined from 45 GWh in the first quarter of last year to 41 GWh this year.


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