New study: Proposed changes to hydropower regulation would entail significant costs for Swedish society

New study: Proposed changes to hydropower regulation would entail significant costs for Swedish society

April 13, 2015

Copenhagen Economics has conducted a study on the effects of proposals for new regulation affecting hydropower in Sweden for Vattenfall.

 

In connection with the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, a recent government report presented potential measures which could be taken to ensure that environmental standard in waterways are met. These proposals would reduce the capacity for Swedish hydropower production, an important source of balancing power for the Nordic energy market.

 

The main conclusions of the study are

  • The production of hydropower, along with its potential to act as balancing power would be reduced
  • Replacing this power with other types of balancing power would both be expensive and polluting
  • In all, the total socioeconomic costs could amount to 8 billion SEK per year

Download the full report (in Swedish)

 

For further information please contact Partner Sigurd Næss-Schmidt