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Renewable energy accounted for 17.2 pct of Estonia's electricity consumption in Q2

Estonian news - eteap August 1, 2018

Baltic News Service. 19th of July, 2018

Renewable energy made up 17.2 percent of the total amount of electric energy consumed in Estonia in the second quarter of 2018, with altogether 376 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable energy produced during the three months from April to June.

In the second quarter of 2017, renewable energy equaled 17.8 percent of the total consumption whereas in 2016, it equaled 14.6 percent of the total amount of electricity consumed in Estonia. Estonia’s target for renewable energy for 2018 is 16.1 percent, the transmission system operator Elering said on Thursday.

The decrease in the amount and share of renewable energy year over year was caused foremost by a reduction in the volume of wind energy, which made up 33 percent of Estonia’s total renewable energy output in the second quarter, and the 125 GWh produced is more than 10 percent less compared to the second quarter of last year.

The wind energy subsidy paid out by Elering in the three months totaled 5.4 million euros, 11 percent more than during the same period last year. The subsidy was paid on 83 percent of the total amount of wind energy generated and during the quarter, and 35 percent of the sum total earmarked for wind energy subsidies for the whole year was paid out during the six months.

Of the 600 GWh of wind energy eligible for support during the year under law, 223 GWh or 37 percent had been produced by the end of June.

In the second quarter 63 percent of the renewable electric energy produced in Estonia was produced from biomass, biogas and waste. In all 239 GWh of electricity was produced from these sources in the three months, the same amount as in the second quarter of 2017. Electricity produced from biomass, biogas and waste received 12 million euros in subsidies during the second quarter of 2018.

A total of seven GWh of hydro energy was produced during the quarter and 176,000 euros was paid out in subsidies on hydro energy.

The number of subsidized solar panel owners is continuing to increase quickly, and the amount of solar energy transferred to the grid in the three months totaled five GWh. Thanks to additional solar panels and a 16 percent increase in hours of sunshine, this indicator has increased more than threefold compared to last year.

Since most of the solar energy generated in Estonia is consumed by the micro-producers themselves, the amount actually generated with solar panels is estimated to be 4-5 times the amount qualifying for subsidy.

During the quarter, Elering paid high-efficiency cogeneration support in the amount of 604,000 euros, half the amount paid out in the same quarter of 2017. Altogether 19 GWh of electric energy was produced in the high-efficiency cogeneration regime.

Renewable energy subsidy and high-efficiency cogeneration support is financed by the electricity consumers through the renewable energy charge. During the quarter, Elering collected altogether 16.5 million euros of renewable energy charge and paid out 18.4 million euros in subsidies.

Estonia has set the goal to bring the share of renewable energy in total consumption to 17.6 percent by 2020.

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