Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
José Alberto Hernández Ibarzábal
Energy policy and regulatory challenges in natural gas infrastructure and supply in the energy transition in Sweden
Sweden is undergoing a major energy transition in
which the present regulatory, competition and energy decisions will
determine future involvement in the “oil and gas game” after decades of
successful implementation of non-fossil fuel dependence policies. Contrary
to major energy policies implemented since the oil crisis of the 70’s,
higher natural gas investment in infrastructure – in particular regarding
offshore pipelines – is not an outcome of a consented agreement between the
government and private firms. The lack of clear governmental definition
towards the time to phase out nuclear terminals, and how this source of
energy would be replaced, is leading the country towards an energy
bottleneck that could condition future energy supply, thus governance.
Under these conditions, crucial decisions shall be taken in the near future
regarding granting permissions to pipelines that connect to the Russian
natural gas fields following an EU trend, to the Norwegian natural gas
reserves on the trail of a Nordic energy path-dependence, or to both,
sharing potential benefits and risks.
Keywords: Energy policy; Future energy supply; Natural gas infrastructure; Energy transition; Sweden; Russian natural gas fields; Norwegian natural gas reserves; Swedish energy transition.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: Q41; Q43; Q48; (follow links to similar papers)
24 pages, June 10, 2009
ISSN: 1652-120X; ISBN: 978-91-85619-48-1
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