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Skelleftea, Sweden    

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The community of Skellefteå on Sweden’s Northeast coast has a history of mining and was once referred to at the ‘Goldtown’. In 2017, the city of 32,775 (2016) still mines for gold and copper but also produces another natural resource, renewable energy and lots of it. Renewable energy in the area dates back to the early 20th C. when Skellefteå’s municipally-owned energy company, Skellefteå Kraft (SK), constructed hydroelectric dams to power the region’s mining industry. Today, Skellefteå Kraft is one of the top five renewable electricity producers in Sweden and as a municipally owned company, has a social mandate above its commercial pursuits

SK, like the Swedish national government, has established ambitious 100% RE goals set for 2020 and 2040 respectively. Presently, 82.2% of SK’s production consists of renewable energy and SK plans to meet the 2020 100% RE goals by continually diversifying their methods of electrical and energy production and adding RE generation capacity via the addition of new technologies and upgrading existing ones. The municipal company currently operates hydroelectric dams, wind turbine farms, bioenergy production facilities, cogeneration facilities and district heating grids. The city has set goals to be net exporters of bio, wind and hydro power by 2020.

As can be seen in other 100% RE communities such as Güssing, Austria, Skellefteå’s focus on renewable energy has led to the development of renewable energy laboratories and research institutes. Skellefteå’s reputation continues to attract advanced technology development, such as Tesla who selected SK as electrical provider for their super charger stations in Sweden, furthering the community’s identity as a renewable energy hub in Sweden and Europe.

24/1/17

General Details

Timeline: 2020

Status Quo

Percentage of RE in the total energy consumption:
82.2%

Project Features

Scope of engagement
yes Local/regional
Quality of the objectives
No information
Binding effect of the objectives
yes 100% REobjective by an organization or tight decision in the local government