For this, we must rebuild our entire energy system. But what
is the right strategy to achieve this goal?
Austria could be a role model with its 76% renewables in
the electricity system and a stability of more than 99.99%.
Austria's pump storage accounts for more than 12% of
Europe's installed capacity and therefore Austria can play a
major role with its hydropower plants in the future European
Oesterreichs Energie, representing the Austrian electricity
industry, has worked out a strategy for the future of energy
until 2030, called "Empowering Austria".
The direction is clear: The conversion of the energy system
can only succeed if electricity takes a larger role in the
transport and space heating sectors. The energy strategy
of Oesterreichs Energie foresees an expansion of Austrian
renewables in the energy system of at least 85% by 2030.
The share of electricity in the energy system in Austria needs
to increase by 33% until 2030 with more flexibility and
participation in the market system.
We need a climate and energy strategy throughout Europe
which includes a binding strategy for electric mobility.
What is required is an area-wide extension of charging
infrastructure, standardisation at the European level, and
an understanding of mobility as a part of a smart energy
system. We need large as well as scalable model regions
from which to learn. This is part of the necessary research
campaign which has to include innovative storage solutions.
For this it is important to increase the energy research
funding as well as to create coordinated research projects
across all sectors. It would be constructive to bundle
together existing projects and initiatives. As a motor for
innovation, digitisation has become indispensable.
Austria's electricity companies work for a safe, clean and
affordable energy future.