Skellefteå, Sweden

Skellefteå city, Sweden

  • Target: 100% renewable electricity by 2020, 100% renewable heating by 2040
  • Status: In progress
  • RES: Hydropower, wind farms, bioenergy production, cogeneration, and district heating grids.
  • Implementation: The city of Skellefteå on Sweden’s Northeast coast has long been known for its gold and copper mining industry. Today it is better known for its production of renewable energy, first developed in the area in the early 1900s when Skellefteå’s municipally-owned energy company, Skellefteå Kraft (SK), first constructed hydroelectric dams to power the region’s mining. Since then, SK has become one of the top five renewable electricity producers in Sweden. As a municipally owned company, social priorities precedes commercial pursuits. Like the Swedish national government, SK has established ambitious 100% RE goals.

    Currently, 82.2% of SK’s production consists of renewable energy and SK plans to meet the targets by diversifying their electrical and energy production methods and increasing RE generation capacity by installing new technologies and upgrading existing ones. The municipal company at present operates hydroelectric dams, wind turbine farms, bioenergy production facilities, cogeneration facilities and district heating grids. The city also aims to be net exporters of bio, wind and hydro power by 2020. Skellefteå’s emphasis on RE has prompted the creation of renewable energy laboratories and research institutes. The municipality's reputation is attracting advanced technology development, such as Tesla who selected SK as electrical provider for their super charger stations in Sweden.
  • Population: 32,775 city, 72,025 urban (2010)
  • Area: 21.74 km2 (8.39 sq mi)
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Skellefteå city, Sweden