Nov 9, 2015

Austria’s largest state now gets 100 percent of its electricity from renewables

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Lower Austria, the largest of the country’s nine states, announced this week that is has gone all in on clean energy, with 100 percent of its electricity generation for its 1.65-million-strong population now sourced from renewable energy.

In the weeks before world leaders meet for decisive UN climate talks in Paris later this month, the announcement of Lower Austria’s achievement is a beacon of hope amid other grim environmental news – and also a testament to how much the state has put into clean energy production.

“We have invested heavily to boost energy efficiency and to expand renewables,” said Erwin Proell, premier of Lower Austria, at a news conference, as reported by AFP. “Since 2002 we have invested 2.8 billion euros (US$3 billion) in eco-electricity, from solar parks to renewing (hydroelectric) stations on the Danube.”

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