Austria Renewables Report Q2 2016
BMI View: Austria continues to be one of the largest markets for renewable energy in Europe. Continuinglow electricity prices however undermine the economic viability of non-hydro renewables projects. Inaddition, the lack of ambitious long-term renewables targets and the meeting of Austria's 2020 targetsbefore the deadline provide little incentive for stronger renewables support in this unfavourable marketclimate. This has led to cuts in FiT rates for both solar and wind, meaning our forecasts see only limitedgrowth beyond 2020, with overall non-hydro renewable generation expected to grow by an average of just3.76% between 2016 and 2025.
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For 2016, we expect growth in the non-hydro renewables sector to decrease slightly to 5.56% aseconomic headwinds continue, both on a general GDP level, as well as on the sector level due todecreasing electricity prices and cuts in FiT rates.
Since 2015, the Austrian government has reduced the feed-in tariff by 8% for PV systems up to 200kW,due to the apparent maturity - and hence lower costs - of PV systems. Wind FiT cuts have acceleratedwith a decrease of 2.5% for 2016.
In 2015, Austrian wind power capacity increased by 322MW with an additional 205MW expected in2016.
The government halted imports of nuclear power at the end of 2014. As Austria imported just over 3% ofits electricity needs a growth of 3.84% in total electricity generation in 2015 has proved to be sufficient tocover consumption.
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