The GEA 2012 preserved the existing targets:
- 15% of renewable energy supply without large hydro
- 1,700 MW total wind power capacity by 2015
Austria reached the 2015 GEA target in the first quarter of 2014. The GEA 2012 also established a long-term target of adding 2,000 MW of wind power capacity by 2020 (a total of 3,000 MW by 2020). This is higher than Austria’s wind energy target in its National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP). Austria set a target of 1,951
MW by 2015 and 2,578 MW by 2020 in the NREAP (per European Union directive 2009/28/EC).
In a 2014 study, the Austrian consultant Energiewerkstatt estimated that by 2020, Austria could achieve a total wind power capacity of 3,808 MW (annual production of 9 TWh), as well as a total capacity of 6,649 MW by 2030 (annual production of 17.7 TWh).