Three offshore wind zones have been identified by the Swedish government with the potential to generate up to 30 terawatt-hours of wind energy per year.
The areas are respectively in the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea, and the North Sea.
Stockholm’s plans, according to the government, provide direction on the optimum use of the sea and how different interests can coexist and contribute to long-term sustainable development.
Electricity transmission, energy extraction, military, culture, nature, recreation, sand extraction, shipping, commercial fishing, and general use are all mentioned in the maritime plans.
The Swedish Energy Agency has also been tasked by the government to seek potential places for an extra 90 TWh of energy production at sea.
The Swedish Maritime Administration will recommend adjustments to the marine plans based on the material provided by the Swedish Energy Agency.
“Today we point out areas that enable offshore wind power of 20-30 TWh annually. At the same time, we are taking further steps to enable a total electricity production from the sea that corresponds to 120TWh, ie almost as much electricity as the whole of Sweden uses in one year today,” said Minister of Energy and Digitization Khashayar Farmanbar (pictured).
“We must have a lot of electricity, cheap electricity, fast. This is how we secure the electricity supply, enable the conversion and secure good electricity prices in the long term.”