An expert committee's report on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the Swedish national wind target and research and development (R&D) subsidies -- hailed in European press -- is in fact a step backward for wind. In order to halve emissions by 2050, the committee recommends stricter energy efficiency, as well as building enough wind power to produce some 3-5 TWh/year, corresponding to 1500-2500 MW. A wind power commission last summer in Sweden already called for a 10 TWh/year planning target. Meanwhile, the new report calls for an R&D wind budget of SEK 150 million -- this amount is already included in the budget of the Swedish energy authority, Energimyndigheten, which plans to use it to develop multi-megawatt turbines for the offshore market. Otherwise, the committee's report suggests no new means to stimulate wind power development in Sweden.
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