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Payment for wind generated electricity in Sweden has been increased by 35%. Riksdagen, the Swedish parliament, passed a bill on May 3 granting wind a so-called environment bonus, to be paid from July 1, 1994. In effect the increase is a reimbursement of the Swedish tax on electric power, which today amounts to SEK0.088/kWh. Payment for wind in Sweden is now about SKK0.35/kWh ($0.05/kWh) depending on where in the country the power is sold. The bonus will also solve the dispute over who should pay the tax. Until now wind turbine owners producing directly for their own consumption have been exempt, while members of wind turbine co-operatives, whose machines feed power to them via the grid, have had to pay it.

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