State of 1.65 MILLION People Gets 100% of Its Electricity From Renewables

A Large-Scale Society Running On Renewable Energy is Already Functioning in the Real World Now

When asked about transitioning completely to renewable energy, many people say that small communities can manage it, but it’s just not feasible right now for larger societies.

Well, one “larger society” has recently made it – in regards to their electricity production, at least.  The state of Lower Austria hit it’s most recent goal of taking it’s energy grid completely off of fossil fuels.

Featuring prominently in this energy is hydroelectric power, which poses the question of whether more countries could make better use of their rivers and the potential energy in that way.

So, what do you think?  Is this a promising sign of things to come, or troublesome government interference?  Read the article below the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Lower Austria, the largest of the country’s nine states, announced this week that is has gone all in on clean energy, with 100 percent of its electricity generation for its 1.65-million-strong population now sourced from renewable energy.

“We have invested heavily to boost energy efficiency and to expand renewables,” said Erwin Proell, premier of Lower Austria, at a news conference, as reported by AFP. “Since 2002 we have invested 2.8 billion euros (US$3 billion) in eco-electricity, from solar parks to renewing (hydroelectric) stations on the Danube.”

And it’s those hydroelectric stations harvesting the natural power of the Danube river that produce most of the state’s energy; Lower Austria receives almost two thirds (63 percent) of its electricity from hydroelectric power. About a quarter (26 percent) comes from wind energy, with the remainder generated by biomass (9 percent) and solar (2 percent) power systems.

The focus on clean energy isn’t just good for the environment, either. According to the report, Lower Austria has created some 38,000 ‘green jobs’ thanks to its heavy investments in renewable energy production, and the state aims to up this to 50,000 positions by 2030. The rest of Austria is also remarkably invested in renewables, with 75 percent of the country’s electricity coming from clean energy.

Source: Science Alert

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