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Swedish government moves to reduce offshore wind transmission costs

The country's government has proposed a plan to lower transmission costs for offshore wind by giving the nation's TSO responsibility for expanding the central grid within Swedish waters.

Photo: Finn Frandsen

Offshore wind must be given better conditions, according to Sweden's government.

Stockholm has offered several proposals for cutting costs on offshore wind transmission and has made domestic transmission system operator Svenska Kraftnät responsible for expanding the central electrical network within domestic maritime territory.

"More offshore wind will contribute to electrical network balancing and be an important addition to the power market," writes Swedish Minister of Energy Anders Ygeman in a statement, proposing that the TSO be tasked with the grid build-out within Swedish waters.

By expanding the grid within its maritime space, connection costs for offshore wind farms are meant to be lowered and thereby foster more equal conditions between wind on land and at sea.

This amendment is expected to enter force on Aug. 1 this year, and the proposal has been sent to public consultation lasting until May 3, 2021.

Providing better conditions for offshore wind has been on the nation's agenda for many years and has largely revolved around the issue of annulling the grid connection fee for offshore wind, meant to stimulate the domestic sector that in turn can pick up the slack as soon as the onshore capacity expansion starts to slow.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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