What is green electricity?

Generally speaking, the term "green electricity" describes the generation of electric energy from renewable energy sources.

Electricity can be generated from renewable energy sources that do not require raw materials:

Hydropower

Hydropower

Wind power

Wind power

Solar power

Solar power

Geothermal energy

Geothermal energy
Tidal energy is also a renewable energy source, but we do not have it in Austria.
 

Generation from other renewable sources of energy depends on the following raw materials:

Types of green electricity

Gaseous, solid or liquid biomass as well as sewage and landfill gas  

 

 

 

 


The term "green electricity" is thus precisely defined and the distinction from the so-called conventional generation methods is clear. The latter rely on other sources of energy such as natural gas, coal or petroleum.

Supported green electricity

Not all methods of green electricity generation are eligible for financial support. In Austria, green electricity produced in wind, biomass and photovoltaic plants as well as new hydropower plants up to a certain generation capacity are subsidised. Larger hydropower plants are not subsidised because they usually yield profits without support.