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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

February 27, 2017 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Bolts blamed for V112 collapse; Swedish probe followed Christmas 2015 failure at Lemnhult

Swedish officials have pointed to incorrect bolt installation as the root cause of a Vestas turbine collapse at the Lemnhult wind farm in late 2015. Government accident investigation authority SHK said the three-year-old V112 which failed on 24 December showed clear signs of fatigue and corrosion at the join between the bottom and second section of the tower. “The bolts that had held together the joint had suffered from a fatigue process and the bolts could no longer withstand the . . . Complete story »

February 9, 2017 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Google, Ikea’s Nordic wind crush comes too soon for Sweden

The quest to supply everything from data server halls, insurance companies to large furniture stores with green electricity has flooded the Nordic region with wind power and crashed a $100 million renewable-certificates market. While that’s good for the environment and the image of companies from Google Inc. to Ikea Group, the growth in renewable energy has been faster than Sweden and Norway expected. That’s pushed certificate prices down 45 percent this year, undermining the incentive to invest in new wind . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2017 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Swedish wind power expansion on the wane

The expansion of wind power in Sweden appears to have caught its breath, with wind farm construction in 2016 at its lowest level for six years. The total power of new turbines built last year amounted to 605 megawatts (MW), a significant reduction compared to outputs of between 700 and 900MW in preceding years. The slowdown in expansion is not unexpcted according to Sweden’s Energy Authority (Energimyndigheten) – the last few years have seen the production of renewable electricity, including . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2016 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

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 . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2016 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Swedish Sami win damages in wind farm battle

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 . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2016 • Blogs, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Why Sweden says no to replacing nuclear power with wind

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. . . . Complete story »

May 8, 2016 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Gone with the wind: Nordic alternative energy turns stagnant

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 . . . Complete story »

January 27, 2016 • Finland, Norway, Russia, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Stop romanticizing Arctic development, say indigenous leaders

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. Complete story »

December 28, 2015 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Vestas V112 collapses in Sweden

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 . . . Complete story »

December 26, 2015 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Mystik kring vält vindkraftverk

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 . . . Complete story »

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