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According to grid technicians from Vattenfall (speaking at a seminar I attended) the additional grid-cost for an all-wind grid in Sweden, compared to todays, is 0.2 euro-cents per KWh - a cost increase that most Swedish consumers would not notice.

I agree that larger grids are needed in general, however the problem is political not technological or economical. Today we have a margin-priced market-system that benefits gas, we also have a EU commission that thinks that the way to improve the grid is to carve up energy markets and make consumers pay more in low-producing areas. Exactly how this will result in a better grid is very unclear. I kid you not, this happened in Sweden last summer. A European grid appears to be far away.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jan 6th, 2012 at 03:50:30 PM EST
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