In order for the energy sector to be able to meet its commitments, the right conditions are needed. We want to be clear that our commitments will not be achievable under current conditions, and hence not the climate objectives either. But what we ask is by no means impossible.
What is needed is a long-term perspective, consistent policy and courage.
The problem of limited availability of electric power and shortage of capacity in the electricity grid is particularly noticeable on cold winter days. District heating has a key role to play there. By heating buildings with district heating rather than electricity, while producing electricity in CHP (combined heat and power) plants, the electricity system is relieved in the critical hours.
The Swedish parliamentary parties need to conclude a broad energy agreement with a holistic approach to the energy system. As part of this, we want the energy sector, customers, politicians and other actors in society to come together in a broad framework to ensure an effective transition. A framework that aims to do what isgood for the climate, good for the economy and good for Sweden — and to act accordingly. We present below our main calls to politicians, that need to be started as soon as possible:
• Shorten permit processes radically for electricity grids, power generation and industries that are to switch from fossil fuels. Long and unpredictable permit processes are one of the main obstacles to transition. In particular, the Environmental Code needs to be aligned with national climate objectives and resources provided to review authorities and courts.
• Instruct the Swedish Transmission System Operator (Svenska kraftnät) to cooperate on a broad basis with different actors in society in the planning and prioritisation of the transmission grid and grid capacity. This should result in an electricity grid plan that takes into account the climate issue and responds to the needs of the fossil-free society at both national and Nordic level.
• Commission a state public or similar on developing sustainable, predictable and long-term electricity network fees that will stimulate economically efficient development of electricity grids, both flexibility and grid development, with a balance between and acceptance by the different interests of society.
The energy sector has fantastic potential to make a major contribution to the transition to the fossil-free society so that Sweden continues to be the leader we want to and can be. It is with great enthusiasm we take on the continued development of Sweden’s energy system, which is already one of the world’s foremost, for and with our customers.