A puff for wind power in Sweden

Energy agency proposes twenty-fold increase in generation by 2020;  regulatory reform needed

The Swedish energy agency has proposed a massive twenty-fold increase in wind power generation.   The agency says Sweden should aim to produce 30 terawatt hours (TWh) of power annually from wind by 2020, compared to 1.4 TWh today.

The figure would also represent a huge jump from an existing target to lift generation to 10 TWh annually by 2015.  Meeting the target would mean increasing the number of turbines to 6000 from the 800 currently in operation.  A third of the capacity should be based offshore, the agency says in a report.

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