National goal proposed

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The wind business seems to have won the support of the government commissioner charged with looking into ways of realising its potential. Kjell Svensson, in an interim report from his investigation commissioned by the environment ministry in June, says the government should set a national goal for wind development as a matter of urgency. The interim report was submitted in December. Svensson stresses that local and regional planning authorities are in need of urgent guidance on the priority they should give to wind power in areas where its development conflicts with other interests. Svensson also calls for further investigations of wind resources in northern Sweden, including the fells, and into inland sites that so far have not been included in wind resource maps. He advises special studies of the requirements for developing wind in the fells and offshore. The final report of Svensson and his committee of experts is due in early June. The commission is charged with formulating guidelines on visual impact, noise and other factors to aid strategic planning by developers and local authorities. As part of this work, steps are already underway to classify the Swedish landscape and decide visual and noise criteria for each classification. Another study in progress aims at providing a mechanism for financing grid reinforcement, when this is necessary in order to connect a wind plant.

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