We are right in the middle of the energy transition in Europe. Its progress is measured against the targets agreed by the European Union and Austria's #mission2030.
In concrete terms, this means that by the year 2030, 100% of the electricity consumed in Austria over a twelve-month period comes from renewable sources.
As for the overall energy consumed by our society, savings of up to 30% are targeted for 2030 by utilising energy much more efficiently.
The plan is to use only completely renewable energy sources to cover total energy consumption by the year 2050.
The trailblazing EU agreement on energy and climate policy provides for a sharing of the burden among the member states. Accordingly, we will in future obtain clean energy from many different sources and regions – from the wind-blown coasts of Scotland, the Spanish semi-deserts and the fertile agricultural regions of the Balkans. In order to maintain a reliable balance between fluctuating production and demand, large amounts of surplus energy need to be stored and fed back into the grid in times when there is little sun or wind.
The Alps are clearly a domain of water which for millions of years has made its mark on our unique landscape. Tyrol is fortunate in possessing an abundance of water that can be used to generate electricity. With a proportion of 55%, hydropower is the most important source of clean electricity in Austria today.