Wind Power News: Sweden
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Sweden denies permit for $7.4B offshore wind farm because the project would interfere with its military
Sweden denied permission for developers to build the Blekinge offshore wind project, saying it would interfere with the Nordic nation’s army. The project was planned to have 500 to 700 turbines. This would have resulted an installed capacity of about 2.5 gigawatts and investment valued at 50 billion kronor (CAD$7.4 billion), according to an e-mail from majority owner Eolus Vind AB. The project company, Blekinge Offshore AB, is owned by Swedish developers. Hassleholm-based Eolus has 56 per cent, Vingkraft AB . . .
A company that operates wind farms in northern Sweden has agreed to compensate Sami people in the region for damage it caused to their village. The dispute between Statkraft SCA Vind AB (SSVAB), which runs wind farms in the northern Västernorrland and Jämtland regions, and Sami village Jijnjevaerie had been going on for several years, but an agreement has now been reached. The two parties chose not to reveal any economic details from the deal, which will regulate the actions . . .
With generous government subsidies and a ‘green’ halo, wind power is enjoying a lot of financial windfalls. Meanwhile, since being gutted by the Clinton administration in 1993, nuclear energy has been blocked so that it is increasingly less viable. For that reason, activists thought Sweden would be a good target for their efforts, because they love to tout their lack of emissions. Yet the Swedes would end up with more emissions if they added wind, according to a new paper. . . .
Despite renewable energy sources being heavily hyped as a sustainable solution to humanity’s growing energy problem, actual support for the green power has been shrinking. Falling electricity prices and henceforth lower profitability have led a dramatic drop in investment in the Swedish wind energy sector. Last year, investments into Sweden’s wind power fell by a dramatic 40 percent, compared to the year before. Nevertheless, the total amount of investment over the next four years is estimated at approximately 21 billion krona (2.6 billion dollars), CEO of the . . .
The installation of renewable energy like wind turbine farms is wreaking havoc across Sapmi, the traditional Saami homeland that stretches from Arctic Norway through Sweden and Finland and into northwestern Russia. In Sweden and in Norway these windfarms have destroyed traditional reindeer grazing lands and caused mental and financial issues for the Saami that rely on the animals to make a living. Even today, companies like Fred. Olsen Renewables are planning 72 wind turbines in important grazing and calving lands for the Norwegian reindeer herding districts of Åarjel-Njaarke and Voengelh Njaarke. Despite Saami opposition, the project has been approved by authorities.
A Vestas V112 3MW turbine has collapsed at Stena Renewable’s 96MW Lemnhult wind farm in Sweden. The company said the machine failed during the morning of 24 December and that the wind farm’s other 31 turbines were shut down immediately as a precaution. No one was injured in the incident, a technical investigation is underway and local authorities and other stakeholders have been briefed. “It is now currently known how long the investigation will take,” said Stena. Oil spilled during . . .
Vid niotiden på julaftons morgon välte ett 400 ton tungt vindkraftverk i Lemnhult utanför Vetlanda. Platsen är avspärrad och olja ska läcka från verket. Orsaken bakom händelsen är oklar och ingen ska ha skadats. [Download MP4 file.] [The wind turbine, Vestas V112, 3.0 megawatts, had an overall height of 185 meters (607 feet). It weighs about 400 tonnes. In connection with the accident, it leaked oil. The turbine is only a couple of years old.] På julaftons morgon hördes en . . .
Först kom smällen – sedan den här synen. Ett jättelikt vindkraftverk hade fallit över vägen. Det var när Erik Karlsson från Solberga i Vetlanda kommun var ute och arbetade i skogen under julaftonsförmiddagen han bjöds på en rejäl överraskning. – Jag satt i min skogsmaskin när jag plötsligt hörde en otrolig smäll. Just då tänkte jag dock inte mer på det utan fortsatte arbeta, berättar Erik. Timmen senare, kring lunchtid var han färdig och begav sig hemåt. Snart förstod han . . .
Vattenfall has started dismantling the 10MW Yttre Stengrund offshore project, off the coast of south-east Sweden. The 14-year old Swedish offshore project uses five 2MW NEG Micon turbines, although only one turbine was in operation when the decision to dismantle the project was taken in September 2014. The limited availability of the NEG Micon turbines meant spare parts were hard to come by. Vattenfall decided against installing new turbines as the project’s export cable would need replacing if it was . . .
Investors are pulling back from wind farms in Nordic nations as the lowest electricity prices in 12 years cut the profitability of new projects. No wind farms were commissioned in Sweden in the second quarter, compared to 50 megawatts in the same period a year earlier, according to the nation’s wind association. Investment in utility-scale Nordic wind assets fell 76 percent to $1.2 billion in the three years through 2014, according to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “The low . . .