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Sweden: "The interest in building wind power has never been greater - it has never been more difficult to get permission

Sweden is facing a gigantic challenge if we are to cope with the industry's climate transition and competitiveness, pressure the price of electricity and contribute to making Europe independent of Russian energy. Therefore, the government should not introduce new obstacles for wind power, write several wind power and energy players. This is a discussion article. The opinions expressed are the writer's own. The UN climate panel has shown that continued expansion of wind and solar power until the year 2030 can reduce the world's emissions of greenhouse gases by approximately 17 percent, corresponding to the combined climate impact of all of Europe. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency emphasizes in its documentation for the government's climate action plan that a rapid expansion of wind power is required in order for Sweden to be able to reach its climate goals. Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson points out that we must double fossil-free electricity production until 2045, while the basic industries' energy cooperation SKGS states that the industry's electricity demand will increase sharply already by 2030. Electricity production needs to increase by roughly 10 TWh a year for the next eight years to correspond to the increased electricity demand. It is very welcome that the four party leaders for the government documents recently called on the electricity market's players to come up with concrete proposals regarding, among other things, a rapid expansion of fossil-free electricity production. However, it was surprising that onshore wind power - the power that can contribute the most, expand rapidly and enable electrification by 2030 - was not even mentioned among the 11 proposals put forward by the parties to increase investment in electricity grids and electricity generation. We have never before produced as much electricity as now, thanks to the expansion of wind power. In the short term, the expansion will continue. Onshore wind power is expected to increase by an average of just over 6 TWh a year until 2025. This is a record-breaking expansion, but still corresponds to only half the annual expansion need of fossil-free electricity production until 2030. And in addition, expansion on land, where it is possible to build the fastest, is stalling , unless municipalities approve more wind power projects and these are subsequently granted a final permit. Ulf Kristersson stated in the government statement that Sweden's international competitiveness is based on good access to affordable energy. For companies that conduct energy-intensive operations in a global market, wind power is a crucial part of the solution. Nevertheless, the government prevented the so-called Incentive investigation from proposing a state compensation to the municipalities for wind power expansion. That the municipalities should receive compensation when they approve new electricity production is fundamentally very positive, and probably a prerequisite for continued rapid expansion. But it is crucial for society as a whole that we succeed in expanding electricity production, and therefore it is reasonable that it is the state, not individual companies, that replaces the municipalities that make this possible. An additional compensation requirement on the wind power companies would delay and make the necessary conversion more expensive and in practice correspond to the previously criticized "power tax" for nuclear power. It would also increase uncertainty for investors, as such a fee or tax could be increased at any time. Never before has there been so much interest from the business community in investing in wind power, and it happens completely without subsidies. At the same time, it has never been so difficult to get a permit for wind power expansion.

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  • Lucinda Ramsay

    43 w

    Sweden used to be admired as a leader in progressive its regressing and creating a new image for itself - which is not a good image on many fronts...

    • We Don't Have Time

      43 w

      Dear Patrik Lobergh Your climate warning has received over 50 agrees! We have reached out to Ulf Kristersson by email and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! To reach more people and increase the chance of a response, click the Share button above to share the review on your social accounts. For every new member that joins We Don't Have Time from your network, we will plant a tree and attribute it to you! /Adam, We Don't Have Time

      • mercy nduta

        43 w

        The environmental benefits are clear,why act as if they are oblivious?

      • zelda ninga

        43 w

        Things need to change in the Sweden Parliament

        • bonke reinhard

          43 w

          Something should be done in Sweden

          • Princess

            43 w

            Sweden government should be at the forefront advocating for cleaner energy, rather than the opposite.

          • Richard Orengo

            43 w

            Sweden has to reconsider this.

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