Social Democratic Energy Minister Anders Ygeman has said the government understands the concerns expressed by E.On and others about Sweden’s power supply but does not totally agree with their findings. “Sweden had the largest electricity surplus in the first half of the year, and the forecasts point to a continued, growing surplus despite the closure of several reactors,” he said.
Nonetheless, the minister says he is prepared to hold constructive talks with other political parties and the power industry to tackle regional bottlenecks and power supply shortages.
He has dismissed power companies’ criticism of tax hikes, which recently forced E.On to close a natural gas-fuelled combined heat and power facility in Malmö, saying the firms have made “offensive gains” instead of investing in the grid.
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