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Sweden applies for EU rule exemption for third consecutive year

Just as in 2019 and 2020, TSO Svenska Kraftnät has applied for exemption from the EU rule requiring 70 percent open transmission capacity in transnational interconnectors. Countertrading is the only solution, says Danish lobby.

Photo: Energinet/Lars Horn/Baghuset

The EU rule demanding that all countries guarantee 70 percent open transmission capacity on transnational interconnectors entered force in January of 2020.

At the time, Sweden had not been able to allocate as much as Denmark throughout nearly a decade due to much-derided congestion in the country's co-called Westcoast Corridor, thus resulting in Swedish transmission system operator Svenska Kraftnät being granted regulatory exemption for 2020. The same exception was made in 2021 to the vocal protests of power companies.

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