On 23 October WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson contributed in the panel “Ten years of wind power – rereading the past and looking into the future” at Vind 2019, the Swedish Wind Energy Association’s yearly event.
Here is the present state of play in Sweden: the country has made marvellous leaps forward in wind energy in recent years. From below 4 GW in wind energy capacity in 2012, the country has at present reached almost 8 GW today. Wind presently makes up 14% of Sweden’s power demand, and an additional 4.2 GW is already building.
Looking to the future, Sweden has a national mark of 100% renewable electricity production by 2040. To reach this, wind power would need to upsurge to an annual output of at least 90 TWh. This would need over €18.4 billion of further investments in wind power.
Sweden needs to apply concrete changes if it wishes to make these desires a reality, Dickson said. The most vital of these would be implementing a halt mechanism for its SE Green Certificates Scheme in 2021. Sweden presently shares this system with Norway – but while Norway plans to finish the scheme in 2021, Sweden wants to maintain it till 2030. Dickson cheered Swedish policymakers to align with Norway in 2021, as this will retain investor assurance.
There are other phases that Sweden can take to unlock investment occasions. Streamlining planning & permitting will decrease transaction prices, ensure better territorial circulation of wind farms & help improve public reception. Sweden also needs to invest in its grid and interconnections, and sanction arrangements for its offshore grid as soon as likely. 98% of Sweden’s current wind energy capacity is onshore, with only 190 MW of the country’s victories is offshore.