Hurricane Force Winds Help Set New Wind Production Record In Sweden!

A wind farm near Kiruna, northern Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Wind energy production reached a new record in Sweden recently, shattering the old record by half a million kWh. In just an hour, between 6am and 7am on Tuesday, December 27th during storm Urd Swedish wind power produced a whopping 5.7 million kWh worth of electricity which broke the old record set last December. During the storm front which persisted over a couple of days, wind power in Sweden produced as much power as 6 nuclear power plants combined, or about 26% of the total energy over a 3 day period. Overall wind now generates about 12% of all power in Sweden with potential for more in the near future. Of course, the drawback is the inability to store the power generated from wind turbines, so in order to compensate, hydroelectric facilities dial back during high wind production times, but even with that measure in place, energy prices will drop the last week of 2016 for electric customers in Sweden, especially those on a variable rate plan.

A wind farm near Kiruna, northern Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
A wind farm near Kiruna, northern Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT