Wind farms belonging to Enefit Green, the renewable energy arm of the Estonian state-owned energy group Eesti Energia, produced more electric energy in the first 11 months of 2017 than in all of 2016.
Output from the four wind farms owned by Enefit Green totaled 190 gigawatt-hours in the first 11 months of 2017, exceeding its 2016 total of 185.5 gigawatt-hours.
190 gigawatt-hours is the equivalent of the annual consumption of 76,000 average households, Enefit said.
Enefit Green CEO Aavo Kärmas noted that this year's increase in output has primarily been the result of increased dependability of wind turbines, as winds have been only somewhat stronger than in 2016.
According to an estimate by transmission system operator Elering, the amount of wind energy generated in Estonia eligible for the green energy subsidy in 2017 will not exceed 600 gigawatt-hours, the maximum amount on which the subsidy can be paid.
Editor: Aili Vahtla