The government recently presented a bill to Parliament suggesting changes to the electricity certificate system – Sweden's primary support system for renewable energy. Producers of renewable energy receive one certificate per megawatt hour of renewable energy produced. The government is now proposing to extend the certificate system to 2045 and to increase total quota obligations with an additional 18 terrawatt hours until 2030.
The government and three opposition parties recently reached an agreement on the long-term energy policy. Among other things, the agreement sets out that by 2040, 100% of Sweden's electricity production will come from renewable energy sources. However, according to the government, this goal should not be understood as a cut-off date for nuclear energy.
The Energy Commission recently reported on energy production conditions as part of the first phase of its work. Although the report clearly identified the difficulties for renewable energy production, it offered no solutions. In addition, there is confusion around the political landscape beyond 2020 in regard to development aims and subsidies. While the market is requesting clear post-2020 policies, Parliament is largely awaiting the commission's final results.