In 2016, Sweden’s new wind energy installations had a capacity of 605 MW (604 MW were installed in 2015). At the end of 2016, the total installed capacity was 6,422 MW from 3,335 wind turbines.
Sweden has a goal within the EU burden-sharing agreement of at least a 50% share of renewable energy in the total energy use by 2020. New ambitious targets were announced in 2016 for 100% renewable electricity production in 2040. The Swedish Energy Agency estimates that about 2.5 to 6 TWh of new renewable power capcity will need to be installed annually between 2030 and 2040 to reach that goal and, wind power could provide a large part of this capacity.
As the main wind power R,D&D funding agency in Sweden, the Swedish Energy Agency finances research conducted by universities and industries in several research programs. The overarching goals of R,D&D in wind power is to help Sweden reach targets and national objectives for a renewable energy system, to contribute to business development, and to increase jobs and exports.