Sweden’s small wind farms reducing energy production

Nils-Erik Bondesson is one of the Swedish wind farmers who say he cannot run at full capacity. (P4 Blekinge/Radio Sweden)
Small Swedish wind farms have been reducing the amount of energy they are producing because to do more would be unprofitable.

The regulations governing the charges paid to the electrical grid operators means that some of Sweden’s energy generated by wind is not being used.

If a wind farm produces energy at full capacity, then it can pay 19,000 SEK to the electricity grid compared to 152 SEK if it produces 20 % less.

Carl-Arne Pedersen, head of the Swedish Windpower Association, says that they need to have a dialogue with the Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate, which says it has no plans to change its charges.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic Canadian town learns lessons from Alaskan wind farm, CBC News

Finland: Higher demand drove Finland’s electricity prices up in 2018, YLE News

Norway: Longread – The quest to turn Norway’s Arctic coast into Northern Europe’s wind power hub, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Arctic electric rally hits the road towards Northwestern Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Arctic winds: construction start for Europe’s biggest wind park, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: US Gov preparing for oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Public Media

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