Can wind power fill Sweden’s energy void?

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As Sweden phases out its nuclear reactors, will wind power play a greater role in meeting the country's energy needs? (iStock)
As Sweden phases out its nuclear reactors, will wind power play a greater role in meeting the country’s energy needs? (iStock)
With Sweden set to begin phasing out its aging nuclear reactors across the country, more attention is being paid to alternative forms of power – including wind – to fill the void.

Radio Sweden caught up with Anton Steen, an analyst with the Swedish Wind Power Association, and here said that the industry was looking forward to working with the government in rolling out renewable forms of energy – especially wind power.

More than 250 wind turbines were installed last year, according to the government, and according to Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan, who spoke at the conference – it will be very important to find ways to make it more efficient.

Lars Andersson, who is the director of the Wind Division at the Swedish Energy Agency, says this is exactly what they will be doing in the months ahead.

“We have been looking at this very closely and plan to move ahead quickly” he said.

Environmental impact is an important area of concern for energy companies too, so Lisa Ekston at Vestas Wind systems says that her company will also be paying close attention to the government’s stance on these issues.

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