While neighboring Norwegian and Russian regions put their faith in Arctic oil and gas, the northern Swedish region of Norrbotten is becoming on of Europe’s bigger producers of wind energy.
When in full swing around year 2020, the Markbygden wind park will generate enough energy to cover up to eight percent of the total Swedish demands. The 450 square kilometer area outside Piteå in northern Sweden will be turned into a major regional center for power generation. A total of 1101 wind generators, some of them up to 200 meters high, will produce about 12 TWh. The companies Svevind and Enercom are investing up to 55 bilion SEK (€6,2 billion) in the project.
The Markbygden project is unique in not only in the Arctic, but in all of Europe.
Data collected by BarentsObserver show that wind energy up till...