The Swedish Energy Agency has today released preliminary statistic of the energy production and use in Sweden. In total energy consumption is on a steady level, increase in one sector balances by decrease in another. Renewables keeps on increasing but tax rules for biofuels, limits the use.
Low level ethanol mix and biodiesel mix above 5 percent will from 2013 be fully taxed which in reality sets the level of use to 5 percent. In reality is already ethanol limited by the taxation rules, because higher content than 5 percent must be sold as E10 and taxed as such. In Sweden diesel cars dominates the sales market and therefore keeps will the total volumes also of biodiesel increase. Introduction of HVO (Hydrogenetade Vegetable Oil) and increase use of FAME ( fatty acid methyl esters) made the sales of biodesel increase with 26 percent in 2011.
In total was the use of renewables in the transport sector in Sweden 9,8 percent counted according to the eu renewable directive rules. The Swedish goal for 2012 is 10 percent. Eventually can this become even higher without increased use of fuel because of the by the European Commission proposed double and quadrouple counting methods for the use of waste and celluloce as rawmaterial instead of agrocrops.
In Sweden district heating is large. The use of fuel for district heating was 61 TWh 2011 and the resulting used district heat was 51 TWh. Bioenergy including waste dominates totally. The use of oil is almost gone.
In the statistics solid biomass (wood, peat and residues) has increased a lot. From 132 TWh 2011 to 142 TWh 2012. Now one should be careful and not trust the statistics in full because it is preliminary and has been proven wrong earlier, but anyhow the basic trends are for shire.
Renewables wind and especially bioenergy is increasing but tax constructions limits the growth in the market for fuels for vehicles.