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Swedes ponder electric heating ban

The Swedish government has ordered a study of the consequences if it were to ban direct electrical heating in new buildings from 2005. About 18% of all electricity consumption in 2000 was used for heating, according to the environment ministry. Almost one-third of dwellings still rely on direct electric heating despite government subsidies and other initiatives aimed at encouraging the use of alternative and renewable energy. National housing, building and planning board Boverket is to report back before July 2003. See ministry press release, and Boverket.

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