The Swedish government wants to invest in offshore wind power

The government expects that offshore wind power will become increasingly important for Sweden and wants to plan for new offshore wind power that provides 120 terawatt-hours.

Wind power at sea and Minister of the Environment Annika Strandhäll (S)

“It is almost as much as the entire electricity consumption in Sweden in one year”

Minister of the Environment Annika Strandhäll (S) at a press conference.

However, the wind industry had wanted more.

“We are generally very happy with these decisions, but we would have liked to see higher ambitions”

Lina Kinning, responsible for offshore wind power at Swedish Wind Energy.

The government’s decision applies to offshore wind energy of 20-30 TWh per year. A further 90 TWh will be investigated later, according to Minister of the Environment Annika Strandhäll (S), who at a press conference on Tuesday stated that the government has now established the state sea plans for the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia.

“Thus, we accelerate the expansion of offshore wind power!

Minister of the Environment Annika Strandhäll (S)

According to Strandhäll, this is an important step for Sweden to be at the forefront of climate change, but also a way to meet the increased need for electricity.

“Wind power will be built far out at sea that is neither heard nor seen from land”

Minister of the Environment Annika Strandhäll (S)

How to use the sea
The Swedish Maritime Administration’s proposal points out areas for wind power that are estimated to provide just over 20-30 terawatt-hours of wind power per year.

However, the government believes that it is too little and now gives the Swedish Energy Agency and other authorities the task of planning for another 90 terawatt-hours of wind power. Today, Sweden has an electricity consumption of about 140 terawatt-hours per year.

The government is also preparing a bill for simpler permit processes for wind power and is working to look at how the municipalities can be given increased incentives in the event of an establishment. As the application process looks today, companies can have their wind power plans rejected after several years.

“We will continue to maintain high environmental requirements, but that wind power companies will receive a clear message earlier in the process about what applies is an important focus for us”

Minister Strandhäll

The wind industry wants to see more
Lina Kinning is pleased with the government’s announcement of faster permit examinations. It is often the pieces that drag out over time, according to her.

However, the wind industry lacks in the government’s announcement that it does not take into account technological development. Today, it is possible to build power plants on deeper water or on floating bases. The boundary has now been drawn at a depth of 40 meters.

According to her, the defence also plays a decisive role in whether the permit processes are to go through. The Armed Forces have often stopped many wind power plants around the country.

Source: Aftonbladet/The Financial Eye