The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has warned that the country is not prepared for the looming energy crisis this winter, stating that businesses and vulnerable people are at major risk if electricity shortages and outages occur.
After reports that the nuclear reactor Ringhals 4 won’t be online until the middle of next January, the MSB raised concerns about Sweden not being able to provide enough energy during the winter. They also fear that Sweden will have difficulties import electricity from countries that don’t produce enough.
SVT broadcasts that Russia sanctions combined with lower electrical production in France, Norway and Russia could make it very difficult for Sweden’s supply to meet demand during the winter. This could impact Swedes by causing power outages across the country.
“Unfortunately, preparedness is generally very poor. Already in 2011, we identified 50,000 electricity-dependent socially important businesses in Sweden. Very few of them have reserve power today,”Jan-olof Olsson was the MSB manager for supply preparations. “The consequence is that many businesses, shops and companies simply shut down in the event of a power outage because there is no plan b.”
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Olsson spoke out about the dangers that vulnerable persons face. “For people who have life support machines at home and home health care, there is always a risk if there is a power cut. Even if you have reserve power, a switchover must take place.”
In Sweden, electricity prices have increased by around 400% last month as a result of the energy crisis. The rise in prices was linked to high demand from other countries in Europe as well as low electrical output from Sweden’s domestic wind farms and other domestic sources of energy.
Anders Borg is a former Swedish Finance Minister who warned this month about the danger that the current energy crisis will be worse than the 2008 financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic. Factors such as the Russian cutting off of natural gas or a German energy shortage could have severe repercussions on the rest of Europe.
“The other risk is of course that we will have an acute energy shortage in Germany. Their central bank has said that perhaps 65-85 per cent of the energy-intensive industry may have to be closed over the winter,”He said, and then added: “It would cause an industrial crisis of historic dimensions, perhaps far greater than both covid and the financial crisis. That risk is on the map.”
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