July 12, 2017

100% renewable electricity in Austria until 2030

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Is it possible to produce enough electricity in an environmental-friendly way? The study “Stromzukunft 2030” of TU Wien is the first one to provide a detailed scenario for the transition of the Austrian electricity System. The result: 100% renewable electricity until 2030 is possible and brings economic benefits.

„Based on our calculations around 31 terra watt hours (TWh) on additional production capacities are needed to cover the demand in 2030 completely” said Gustav Resch of Energy Economics Group at TU Wien and member of the faculty of the MSc Renewable Energy Systems at the presentation of the study on July 10, 2017. “It is technologically feasible and brings economic advantages.” And the change of the energy systems hardly involves additional costs.

“The advance of renewable energy on a global scale as well as in Austria is unstoppable” states Peter Püspök, president of Dachverbandes Erneuerbare Energie Österreich (EEÖ). The study of TU Wien deals in detail with the Austrian power system and also with the combination of electricity, heating and mobility. The conclusion is that the Austrian system and its storage possibilities are already perfectly prepared for the electricity system 2030.

Cost benefits speak in favor of renewables

Another important result of this study is that the transition to 100% renewable electricity allows savings of over 650 million Euros for the Austrian national economy. “The generation in Austria and the forcing of the connections of the fields of electricity, heating and mobility between 2020 and 2030 saves in total 8 billion Euro in spending on energy imports” explained Püspök. The study also shows that over 53,000 jobs in the renewable energy field can be created.

The implementation is necessary

The government has to set the direction. “Regardless of who will be in the next government, they have to take responsibility for the future. The study shows clearly that a sustainable and competitive electricity supply depends significantly on the commitment and the positioning of the Austrian government – otherwise the necessary steps for the transition and the national consumers and economy cannot be made in time” concludes Püspök.

The integration of renewable energy into the existing system is a core topic of the MSc program Renewable Energy Systems at TU Wien in cooperation with Energiepark Bruck/Leitha. Gustav Resch is a lecturer and Reinhard Haas is the Academic Director of the MSc Renewable Energy Systems.

Next program start: 02 November 2017. We still accept applications. For detailed information please visit our website http://newenergy.tuwien.ac.at.

The entire study can be found here (in German only): Studie: Stromzukunft Österreich 2030. Analyse der Erfordernisse und Konsequenzen eines ambitionierten Ausbaus erneuerbarer Energien. Autoren: R. Haas (Lehrgangsleiter MSc Renewable Energy Systems), G. Resch (Faculty MSc Renewable Energy Systems), .B Burgholzer, G. Totschnig, G. Lettner, H. Auer, J. Geipel; TU Wien, Energy Economics Group https://tinyurl.com/Studie2030

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