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Electricity Exports Controversial in Energy Talks

Published onsdag 11 februari 2009 kl 09.59
Mona Sahlin

Swedish electricity exports will be high on the agenda for Thursday’s energy talks between the Swedish government and the Opposition. Mona Sahlin, leader of the opposition, criticised the government on Monday about the building of new electricity cables into Europe.

According to Sahlin Sweden should not sell more electricity to Europe as long as the European electricity market isn’t working as well as the Nordic. As prices are higher on the continent, Swedish power companies would be likely to sell where they could get the most profit.  For Sweden, this would mean higher electricity prices and less jobs in the industry.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt met Sahlin’s criticism on Tuesday, and warned against a growing “climate-nationalism”. He fears that the Social Democrats are returning to old ideas of isolation instead of moving forward towards an integrated European energy market.

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