In the Power Region, we’re including a certain margin.
We heed the Nordic Council of Ministers’ vision that the Nordic region should be the world’s most sustainable and integrated region by 2030. Sweden’s commitments to reach the Paris Agreement corresponds with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of between five and eight per cent per year.
In our region, we choose a higher target: at least ten per cent. In addition, our region’s climate strategy says that we will be completely fossil fuel-free by 2030, a more ambitious goal than Sweden as a whole.
How do we dare do this?
We’re not called the Power Region for nothing. There is a lot of electricity here and it is already completely fossil-free and renewable. We have also come a long way in our transition to renewable fuels and electrification of our fleet of vehicles, so we feel secure when talking about sustainability.
Basically, our sustainable work is based on how we integrate the sustainable energy sources that exist. With a number of experts in each field, it will be easy to invest and constantly strive towards our high-set goals. We hope that more people will join our group of courageous, forward-thinking, and ambitious people. Welcome to the Power Region.
We produce almost a third of all hydropower produced in Sweden in the Power Region. The great advantage of hydropower is that we reuse precipitation several times.
In addition, hydropower is part of a circulatory system where water evaporates, becomes water vapour that eventually comes back in the form of rain or snow. And we do not have a storage problem because we can create electricity from hydropower exactly when we need it. We are talking 100% renewable – several times over.
Hydrogen is everywhere. The difficulty is in handling it. The challenges we face require a lot of green electricity at a reasonable price. And a whole lot of water. We have good conditions in the Power Region, with a lot of electricity, only renewable electricity, and an area consisting of eight percent water.
We have great opportunities to achieve success and hydrogen is very suitable for electricity-intensive industries that need to secure their electricity in times of electricity shortages.
Over SEK 100 billion, that is how much is invested in wind power in Sweden between 2017 and 2023.
Of those 100 billion, 15 billion are estimated to be invested in Jämtland Härjedalen. Compared to the rest of Europe, Sweden, together with Norway, doubtlessly have the best wind locations. Strong and even winds blow here, which is in demand when wind power plants are to be built.
We also have large areas that are not populated or built on in Jämtland Härjedalen, which makes our area even more attractive.
Jämtland Härjedalen is in third place in terms of installed solar power per inhabitant in Sweden. That is a very good rating, which is thanks to talented entrepreneurs who started building facilities early on.
Jämtland Härjedalen’s largest solar power farm produces about 2,500 MWh per year, which corresponds to the annual consumption of 600 houses. We invest in solar electricity because it is renewable and an important part of the total electricity supply. For example, a number of major grocery stores in the county have facilities that cover 10 percent of their annual electricity needs.