Strategically important practice area
The Government recently made a decision on several wind power questions, among them the planned installation of wind turbines in Hanöbukten. The area is considered a strategic training area for the armed forces and the Government has decided that in this case the planned wind power operation cannot be combined with the Armed Forces' activities, according to the Government in a press release. However, the Government at the same time allowed 35 wind turbines in the town of Nässjö.
Blekinge Offshore AB proposed to construct between 350 and 700 turbines offshore in Hanöbukten representing between 1000 and 2500 MW of installed capacity.
"The Government has made it clear that Sweden's defense force ambitions will increase. This requires that the military must carry out training activities. Hanöbukten (translator note: Hanö Bay) is one of Sweden's most important strategic defense areas. The Government has considered this question in great detail and came to the conclusion that in this case it was impossible to combine defense force activities with wind power turbines," said Minister of Environmental Affairs, Karolina Skog.
" Sweden will eventually have 100 percent renewable energy production. This goal remains. Wind power will play an important role in this conversion," Minister Skog said.