Austria’s largest state, Lower Austria has declared that it is sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources, reports The Guardian.
The state, home to 1.65m people, had already received ⅔ of its energy from hydroelectric plants on the Danube river and has since completed the picture with wind energy, biomass and solar. Austria as a whole gets 75% of its power from renewable sources.
The European Union seeks to produce 20% of their energy from renewables by the end of the decade, a mark which they are on track to meet or even surpass with the whole of the EU reaching 15% in 2013.
It may seem like the U.S. is lagging behind in the renewable energy race, (is there one? Is that a thing? It should be.) but the U.S. generated 13% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2014 and 10% of total energy consumption. To compare, the U.S. energy production in 2013 was 3.78 million GWh, of which 290,113 GWh were hydroelectric and 169,713 GWh were from wind sources. Austria’s total production of energy in 2013 was 62,940 GWh. These facts by no means let us off the hook, there’s a long way to go for the entire world and Austria is showing itself to be a leader in the quest for sustainable energy production.