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Waldviertler Kernland, Austria

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The 13 rural municipalities of the Austrian region of Waldviertler Kernland with a population of approximately 13,300 and a surface of 499 km2 joined the Austrian initiative Climate and Energy Model Regions in 2010. The aim of the region is to become energy self-sufficient by 2030. This means satisfying the regional need for electricity, heat and mobility by only using energy derived from renewable sources. In order to achieve this target it will be necessary to extend the sustainable regional Renewable Energy Supply from 256 MWh to 409 MWh per year. At the same time the total regional energy demand will need to be decreased from 666 MWh to 409 MWh per year. This climate protection initiative has been nationally funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund from 2009 to 2015. In 2011 many regional studies have been elaborated including an energy inventory, an energy plan with implementation strategy, a potential study for energy saving, for energy efficiency and for renewable energy production. Each year an annual technical and monitoring report covering the regional activities has to be prepared and submitted. An energy team has been created consisting of a chairman, an energy manager, local mayors and councillors, municipal energy experts and local entrepreneurs. Each year 4 – 5 regular regional technical meetings are taking place for selecting and implementing the necessary renewable energy infrastructure and energy efficiency projects. Waldviertler Kernland is technically supported by the regional energy agency Energieagentur der Regionen and by Climate Alliance Austria as part of the IEE-project 100% RES communities from 2012 – 2015.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

General Details

Timeline: 100% RE target: 2030 (electricity, heat and mobility)
Contact: Thomas Waldhans
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Status Quo

Total energy consumption:
666.000 MWh
Percentage of RE in the total energy consumption:
39%

Project Features

Scope of engagement
yes Local/regional
Quality of the objectives
No information
Binding effect of the objectives
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