Wind power generation south of Malmö. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/Scanpix
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Malmö 100 percent green by 2030?

Politicians in Malmö are aiming to power up Sweden's third largest city with 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2030, and further investment in wind power is key.

Several centre-right Moderate party politicians in town hall were previously sceptical to building more wind power mills, reports the regional daily Sydsvenskan.

But as it is not necessary to pay the same energy tax on green electricity generation, there is a financial argument for expanding renewable energy sources.

"We can save US$6-7 million a year because the wind mills aren't taxed," says local opposition leader Stefan Lindhe to the newspaper Sydsvenskan.

A municipal working group has chosen several areas for further wind power, including an expansion in the northern harbour and new locations on land.

"If we build on all the proposed land areas we'll have all the energy that Malmö needs," says Dagmar Gormsen at the city's environmental office.

"Wind power will be profitable within five to ten years," says Moderate politician Stefan Lindhe.

"We would ideally prefer to restart the Barsebäck nuclear power plant."

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