In 2021, Sweden installed 2042 MW of new wind energy capacity (1403 MW were installed in 2020). At the end of the year, the country’s total installed capacity was 12116 MW from 4679 wind turbines.
Through the EU burden-sharing agreement, Sweden has a goal of greenhouse gas emission reduction of 40% in 2030 in relation to the 2005 level. At the national level, Sweden is to have no net emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by 2045 and should thereafter achieve negative emissions. To achieve zero net emissions, emissions from activities in Swedish territory are to be at least 85 percent lower than emissions in 1990. Another national goal is to reach 100% renewable electricity production in 2040. The Swedish Energy Agency estimates that the country will need to install an additional 2.5 to 6 TWh of renewable power capacity per year between 2030 and 2040 to reach that goal and that wind power will provide a large part of it.
As Sweden’s primary wind power R, D&D funding agency, the Swedish Energy Agency finances research conducted by universities and industries in several research programs. The overarching goals of wind pow tries in several research programs. The overarching goals of wind power R, D&D are to help Sweden reach its targets and national objectives for a renewable energy system, contribute to business development and increase jobs and exports.
To learn more about wind energy in Sweden, please review their chapter in the IEA Wind TCP 2021 Annual Report.