Renewables made up nearly third of all energy consumption in second quarter

The share of renewable electricity in Estonia’s total electricity consumption was 28.9 percent in the second quarter of this year, up from 24.7 percent in the same three-month period in 2020, the country’s transmission system operator Elering said on Monday.

In the second quarter, Estonian power plants produced 602 gigawatt-hours of renewable electricity, 23 percent more than in the same period last year. Electricity produced from renewable sources accounted for almost half of Estonia’s electricity production and almost a third of consumption.

According to Elering, the renewable electricity production statistics were affected by a slight reduction in wind power generation in the second quarter, as well as an increase in biomass, waste and solar power production. Wind energy accounted for 23 percent of total renewable energy production in the second quarter. The 141 gigawatt-hours of wind energy produced is 13 percent less than the amount produced last year.

Between April and June this year, producers received a total of €23 million in subsidies for renewable electricity, 7 percent less than during the same period last year. In the second quarter, 78 percent of total wind production received subsidies, with the sum total of subsidies reaching €6 million.

During the second quarter of the year, subsidies for 43 percent of the annual limit of 600 gigawatt-hours of subsidized wind power have been paid out, and Elering does not expect the 600-GWh cap to be reached this year.

Electricity produced from biomass, biogas and waste accounted for 54 percent of renewable energy production in the three-month period. From April to June, 325 gigawatt-hours of electricity was produced from these fuels and subsidies in the amount of almost €10 million were paid out, which marks a downward trend compared to the same period last year.

Read more: ERR.EE

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