FROM AN VISION TO EUROPE’S LARGEST WIND FARM
Wind power is a renewable source of energy provided by nature. The operation of wind turbines does not produce any emissions or require any environmentally damaging transportation of fuel and wind power is a long-term sustainable source of energy. Unlike virtually all other forms of energy production, wind power does not leave any environmental debt for future generations to repay.
To reduce emissions into our atmosphere, in 1997 Sweden signed up to the Kyoto Protocol together with many other countries. Today, Sweden’s 16 national environmental targets also encourage the expansion of wind power. Wind power has a clear contribution to make when it comes to fulfilling several of these targets, primarily: limited climate impact; fresh air; only natural acidification; a non-toxic environment; and no eutrophication.
In 2002, a wind power planning target was adopted for Sweden stating that the planning-related conditions for a 10 TWh expansion of wind power should be in place by 2015. In February 2008, the government adopted a major revision of this target with a new planning framework for wind power of up to 30 TWh by 2020. Two-thirds of this capacity should be produced by onshore wind farms and one-third produced offshore.
Once completes, Svevind’s lighthouse project Markbygden 1101 is expected to generate between 8 and 12 TWh per year. This would cover the whole of Sweden’s planning target for wind power and around half of the Swedish Energy Agency’s proposed revised planning targets for onshore wind power.
Each kWh produced in Markbygden can replace electricity generated by fossil fuels. The wind farm project Markbygden 1101 is estimated to be able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by eight million tonnes per year compared with electricity generated using coal.
From being a marginal concept in its establishment phase, wind power is now a key source of energy. The technology is evolving incredibly quickly. In just ten years, the output of a single wind turbine has increased more than ten times, from just a few hundred kilowatts to five megawatts and more.
In order to meet the Swedish parliament’s ambitious targets for a fast and comprehensive expansion of wind power, Svevind believes that the planning conditions and assessment of wind power should be as smooth as possible.
Svevind believes in wind power as the energy source of the future.
MORE READING ABOUT THE SUB-PROJECTS IN MARKBYGDEN.
MARKBYGDEN PHASE 1
Phase 1 is the first phase of the Markbygden 1101 project, located at the north-eastern part of the Markbygden area.
MARKBYGDEN PHASE 2
Phase 2 is the second stage of the Markbygden 1101 project, located at the north-western part of the Markbygden area.
MARKBYGDEN PHASE 3
Phase 3 is the third, final, but potentially largest, phase of the Markbygden 1101 project.