WIND POWER & ENVIRONMENT
Wind power is a renewable source of energy, that the nature itself provides. Wind power in operation has no emissions, it does not demand environmentally harmful fuel transportation and is a long-term sustainable source of energy. Wind power does not, in contrast to basically all other methods of energy production, leave an environmental debt for future generations to take care of.
In order to reduce the emissions harmful to our atmosphere, Sweden among many other countries, signed the Kyoto protocol in 1997. Furthermore, at present time the 16 Swedish environmental goals also steer towards further expansion of wind power. Wind power may in a legible way contribute to the fulfillment of many of these goals, in particular the goals concerning Limited influence on climate, Fresh air, Only natural acidification, Non-poison environment and Over-fertilization.
In 2002, Sweden adopted a national planning goal stating that systematic conditions for a 10TWh expansion of wind power until 2015 should exist. In February 2008, the government decided to orderly alter this goal and a new framework for wind power was established, aiming towards 30 TWh by 2020. 20 TWh of the stated 30 TWh shall be produced by land-based turbines and 10 TWh by offshore turbines.
Svevind's huge wind power project in Markbygden is when fully expanded, estimated to be capable of generating 8-12 TWh/year. The production would be equivalent to Sweden's whole present planning goal for wind power, and approximately 50% of the Swedish Energy Agency's proposed altered planning goals for wind power onshore.
Each kWh produced in Markbygden can replace electricity produced using fossil fuels. The wind power project in Markbygden is calculated to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by up to 8 million tons/year, compared to electric energy produced using carbon.
From being a marginal phenomenon in an early growth phase, wind power has become a reliable source of energy. Technical development is rapidly progressing and in ten years, the effect of a wind turbine is estimated to be 10 times as big as of today, from a few hundred kW to 5 MW.
To comply with the parliament's high set goal about a fast and extensive expansion of the wind power, Svevind gives high priority on making the planning conditions and application process as smooth as possible.
Svevind believes in wind power as the source of energy for the future.