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'Nordics need 13,000 wind turbines'

'Nordics need 13,000 wind turbines'

Published: 24 Jan 2013 07:40 GMT+01:00
Updated: 24 Jan 2013 07:40 GMT+01:00

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has proposed that the Nordic countries add more than 13,000 new wind turbines in order to achieve ambitious emissions-reduction schemes in the next three decades.

The proposal, part of a report presented on Tuesday, focused on wind power as a key to making the Nordics - Iceland, Finland and the Scandinavian countries - climate neutral by 2050.

The authors suggest that such an investment, along with upgrades to the grid, would cost 0.7 percent of the region's annual GDP - about 3 trillion kronor ($460 billion) in total over the next 27 years, according to a calculation by Sveriges Radio (SR).

"In the global 2°C Scenario, energy-related CO2 emissions in the Nordic region must be reduced by 70 percent by 2050 compared to 1990," the report authors summarized.

The report suggested the use of fossil fuels be halved and account for only 20 percent of total electricity generation in the future.

In order to do so, relying on extensive wind generation "needs to grow particularly quickly and alone accounts for 25 percent of electricity generation in 2050."

Such a move, however, would place demands on refurbishing parts of the distribution network.

"This will increase the need for flexible generation capacity, grid interconnections, demand response and storage," the report authors wrote.

They highlighted that the region's access to hydropower and ambitious domestic targets were in the Nordic countries' favour in achieving climate neutrality.

Yet, Swedish industry association Svensk Energi noted in a response that wind turbines are still not completely accepted in Sweden.

Chair Kjell Jansson told SR there needed to be more focus on the technology from the politicians' side.

"I think with today's attitude it would be difficult to put this in place," he said.

"One has to accept new things, for example turbines in places where people now resist them, if we are to meet our climate target."

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08:30 January 24, 2013 by skogsbo
bit of joke really, considering that Nordic emmisions are lower than the rest of Europe, and that they already exceed the goals that most EU nations have as far a renewable energies go. Perhaps target the nations who have practically zero renewable energies?
08:35 January 24, 2013 by Kevin Harris
The turbines I can see on my way to work have been dormant for days. When a winter high-pressure systems settles over Sweden (as they do for most of every winter), the wind drops to nothing.

In winter - just when Sweden needs huge amounts of power to heat its houses, all the windmills go off line, for weeks or months at a time.

Can anyone explain to me how 13 000 more totally unproductive windmills will help? The solution seems to be more wind, not more windmills.
09:10 January 24, 2013 by skogsbo
it's about balanced source. If you have turbines you can use the surplus nighttime power for pump storage hydro schemes, keeping the single shot hydro for times like now when it's not windy. Plus Sweden has a lot of bio mass burners heating towns and cities, which don't work very hard in the summer. So again wind can provide power then. It's also about location too though and by it's very nature, wind power will be poor when the so called Scandinavian high pressure weather system dominate.

Beside this commission are just telling those who are already doing something to do more, it's those nation that do nothing that should targetted.
19:51 January 24, 2013 by johan rebel
What Sweden needs is more nuclear power.
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