In 2017, Sweden installed 199 MW of new wind energy capacity (605 MW were installed in 2016). At the end of the year, the country’s total installed capacity was 6,691 MW from 3,437 wind turbines.
Through the EU burden-sharing agreement. Sweden has a renewable energy goal of at least 50% of total energy use by 2020. New ambitious targets were announced in 2016 for 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 power R,D&D is 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 2017 Annual Report.