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Carinthia - 100% Renewable Energy Region

100% Renewable Energy Goal Achieved:
100% Renewable Electricity (100% of Consumption and 98% of Production)

100% Renewable Energy Goals:

100% renewable energy for heating in 2025  and for transportation by 2035

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Interview with Dr. Peter Unterluggauer, Management Consultant, January 2014



1. What inspired the City of Carinthia to pursue its 100% renewable energy goal?
Over the years, Carinthia has implemented several initiatives and projects to increase renewable energy and has already reached high penetrations of renewable energy. Also over the last 20 years, the Carinthia government, utilities and industry invested a lot in renewable projects. Therefore, the new government decided to pursue its 100% renewable goal for 2025 and 2035. 


2. What technology mix are you planning on using, and how did you arrive at that decision?
Hydropower and biomass for electricity, based on our local resources. In 2009, we reached 100% renewable electricity production for the first time.Editor's note: Wind and solar PV are also being insstalled as part of Cartinthia's renewable electricity mix. As of 2013, according to the IEEE, Solar PV made up approximately 2.69% of Carinthia's electricity generation. As of the end of 2014, several MW of wind farms were in development.  In the heating sector, Carinthia is expanding the use of biomass and solar thermal energy.


3. What costs are involved how is the plan being financed?
We are actually in the planning process for the missing 30% renewable energy for heating and for the missing 90% for transport.


4. What community stakeholders are involved in the process and how?
Government of Carinthia, local government of towns and sub regions, companies, energy consultants and experts are working on the development of strategy, local programs, projects, etc.


5. Are their any policies that have helped or hindered your progress?
The new European policies for CO2-reduction and for more energy efficiency were helpful.


6. What have been the greatest challenges so far, and how have they been overcome, or how are you planning to overcome them?
A 6 year long Initiative to stop the building of a 400 MW gas-power station, which would make it impossible  to reach the 100% renewable goal for electricity production and district-heating over the next 30 years.Also the 40% price reduction of electricity, which make new hydro power and new biomass-projects too expensive.


7. What have been the greatest benefits so far?
Reduction of energy consumption of buildings, less import of fossil fuel, more local usage of wood, large investment in local water power projects.




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