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Renewable energy accounted for 16.8 pct of Estonia’s electricity consumption in 2017

Estonian news - etea January 19, 2018

Baltic News Service. 19th of January, 2018

Renewable energy made up 16.9 percent of the total amount of electric energy consumed in Estonia in 2017, while altogether 1,612 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable energy was produced in the 12 months.

Altogether 1,612 GWh of energy from renewable sources was produced in Estonia last year, 14 percent more than in 2016. Renewable energy production made up 16.8 percent of total consumption, while the renewable energy accounted for 15.1 percent of consumption in 2016, the transmission system operator Elering said.

Renewable energy production made up 17.6 percent of Estonia’s total consumption in the fourth quarter of last year, while renewable energy accounted for 17.9 percent in the last quarter of 2016.

The amount of subsidized renewable energy last year rose 11 percent to 1,460 GWh.

Energy generated from biomass, biogas and waste accounted for 56 percent of the annual output of renewable energy. The amount totaled 908 GWh. The amount of energy generated from the same sources totaled 785 GWh in 2016.

Wind energy made up 42 percent of the total amount of renewable energy produced in 2017 and the amount of wind energy produced was 670 GWh, but the subsidy margin set for supported wind energy — 600 GWh per calendar year — was not fulfilled last year either. The total production of wind energy rose 13 percent on year. The average wind speeds measures on the Pakri peninsula and in Virtsu were a quarter higher last year than in 2016.

Hydro energy production in 2017 totaled 29 GWh. Solar energy continued to show the greatest increase compared to 2016 — the volume of electric energy produced nearly doubled to approximately 5 GWh and the subsidies also increased in the same amount, totaling over 311,000 euros overall. This sum still makes up a marginal portion of the total subsidies paid.

The number of solar energy subsidy recipients is approaching 900, while over 250 producers were added over the year. There are reportedly approximately 1,200 producers generating electric energy with the aid of solar panels, but some of them use up the whole production locally and do not receive subsidies.

Of the power plants connected to the network of Elering, those included to the list of subsidy recipients in 2017 included powers in the extent of 38.5 megawatts and during the year, they produced more than 36 GWh of electric energy.

High-efficiency cogeneration subsidy totaled 3.5 million euros, 21 percent less than in 2016. The amount of electric energy on which that subsidy was paid was 110 GWh, compared to 140 GWh in 2016.

Elering disbursed in 2017 a total of 78.3 million euros in renewable energy and high-efficiency cogeneration subsidies, which is 13 percent more than in 2016. The sum total of subsidies paid was relatively close to the estimation made at the end of 2016, which was 79 million euros.

Estonia has set the goal to bring the share of renewable energy in total consumption to 17.6 percent by 2020, the interim goal for 2017 was 15.2 percent.

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