Sweden's wind targets may be raised

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Targets for wind development in Sweden could soon be raised following pledges by the government to cut carbon dioxide emissions 30% by 2020. The energy department says the country's wind potential is "many times" greater than the 10 TWh targeted by the government for 2015. By the end of this year, wind is expected to be providing about 1 TWh. Project construction is expected to pick up speed, largely thanks to government decisions to streamline permitting and extend the horizon for trade of green energy certificates to 2030. Several new entrants to the wind sector have emerged in recent months and hundreds of new megawatts are planned for development. A major obstacle still facing developers, however, is insufficient grid capacity for further renewable input. Stockholm's Royal Institute of Technology is due to release a report on what the required expansion would cost.

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