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Austria's wind potential with varying degrees of land use - a study by Energiewerkstatt

How much clean electricity can we generate in Austria if we use 2% of the country’s surface area to generate energy from wind power? These and other burning questions are answered by the current study “Austria’s wind potential with varying degrees of land use
which was carried out by Energiewerkstatt on behalf of IG Windkraft.

Only a fraction of the potential is currently being used in Austria, just over 0.2 %. If the use of wind energy were to be expanded to 2% of the national territory, significantly more electricity could be generated than is currently consumed in the country. With existing technology and taking into account all criteria such as the required distances to residential areas, roads, power lines, etc., even 1.5 times Austria’s electricity requirements would be possible – on just 3.1% of the country’s surface area. At the same time, 99% of the estimated area can still be used for agriculture, as paths and foundations only take up a fraction of the space. In Germany, the 2% is already a legal requirement, but not – yet – in Austria.

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Austrian Annual Report 2022 on the Activities of the IEA Wind Technology Program

The past year has made it even clearer to all of us that there is no way around renewable energies. They represent a climate policy necessity, but they are also indispensable from a geopolitical and economic point of view. Renewable energies minimize dependencies on fossil fuels as well as their suppliers, secure local supply and make an indispensable contribution to reasonable pricing. In particular, the extreme price jumps for electricity and gas increased the attractiveness of alternative energy sources and strengthened the interest in wind energy in addition to the photovoltaic boom.

The International Energy Agency’s Wind Technology Cooperation Program, or IEA Wind TCP, focuses on sustainable energy supply using wind energy and the associated challenges in establishing the technology. At the level of the IEA Wind TCP, there is a regular international exchange on research topics related to wind energy. Currently, issues are being addressed in 24 working and focus groups – so-called tasks – and practical solutions are being sought in cooperation with research, industry and business. Austria is represented in three of these 24 working groups by the Energiewerkstatt, among others, and contributed know-how from theory and international practice or projects.

The work of the individual tasks is summarized annually in the Austrian Annual Report on the Activities of the IEA Wind Technology Program IEA Wind TCP, the current edition of which has now been published. Interested parties can download it here – enjoy reading!