There was no breakthrough for wind power in Sweden in 1993, but the growth curve did have a slight upward curve. The number of turbines increased from 87 to 127 during the year and installed capacity from 16 to 29.3 MW, including the 3 MW Nasudden II machine. The trend was towards bigger turbines, with eight installed with capacities over 450 kW or more. A market stimulation programme, providing subsidy of the initial investment in a wind power project, was introduced in Sweden in July 1991 with a budget of SEK 250 million. If the intention was to allocate SEK 50 million a year, only half the sum has so far been used. Regional and local authorities in charge of granting building permits have made life difficult for wind power and little attempt has been made by central government to market the concept of medium scale wind power plant. Swedish central authorities still prefer megawatt technology.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol