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Electricity, gas and district heating supply 2017

There are more of us, but we use less electricity

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden and Swedish Energy Agency 2018-11-30 9.30

Electricity consumption in Sweden was unchanged in 2017 compared with 2016. In total, electricity production in Sweden amounted to 160.5 TWh which, as in previous years, was higher than the amount of electricity consumed. The Swedish Energy Agency presents this and other data from the Annual energy statistics survey on electricity and district heating.

The report, “Annual energy statistics (electricity, gas and district heating)”, is now available for 2017. A net export of electricity continued, as in previous years, as more electricity was produced than consumed in Sweden in 2017. Total electricity production in Sweden amounted to 160.5 TWh, including transmission and distribution losses, which was 5.2 percent more than the electricity produced in 2016. Sweden exported 30.9 TWh, of which half was exported to Finland. Total exports of electricity increased by 19 percent compared with 2016.

Unchanged electricity consumption

In 2017, electricity consumption amounted to 130.5 TWh, a negligible increase over 2016. Residential sector electricity consumption increased by 3.5 percent, while industrial sector consumption decreased by 1 percent between 2016 and 2017.

“We see that total electricity use today is at the same level as in 1990, despite a population increase of almost 20 percent. Our society has changed over the last 30 years: the use of digital communications has increased, yet electricity use is down to 1990 levels.” (Camilla Dellby, Swedish Energy Agency)

Electricity production continued to increase in 2017

Electricity production in Sweden increased in 2017, compared with 2016. Total net production in 2017 was 160.5 TWh. Wind power production increased the most in 2017 and amounted to 17.6 TWh, an increase of 14 percent.

“Interest in generating electricity for personal use with solar cells is substantial, but remains a marginal share of total electricity production in Sweden. This means that electricity that consumers receive in their homes is generated mainly by hydropower or nuclear power.” (Camilla Dellby, responsible for electricity and district heating statistics at the Swedish Energy Agency)

Net consumption and production of electricity 1970–2016, TWh

Graph: Net consumption and production of electricity 1970–2016, TWh

About the statistics:

The report, “Annual energy statistics (electricity, gas and district heating)”, is based on a survey with a total population of 800 companies. The response rate was 92 percent, resulting in a high degree of reliability. The survey aims to describe supply and demand of electricity, gas, district heating and district cooling. The report contains a description of the technical equipment in power stations, the fuel sources and the costs and revenues of energy.


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Swedish Energy Agency

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Camilla Dellby

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SCB, Agriculture and Energy Statistics Unit

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Susanne Enmalm

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